Light Up Your Landscape
Updated: Aug 11
Have you spent a lot of time and effort creating the perfect landscape for your property? You have probably spent days in the garden centers near you looking for that perfect shrub or tree. You may have also picked up a few ornamental pieces to place around the garden. Creating that dream landscape is usually done during the day. It is at dusk that you notice that there is not enough light to showcase your artistry and the beauty of your landscape.
Types of Landscaping
The type of landscaping you have will depend on the region you live in. Your design and construction will have to start with understanding the region - desert, tropical, etc. Another aspect to consider is the availability of natural elements, including hours of sunlight, soil quality, duration of winter months, and local flora and fauna.
You can design a hardscape such as patios and cooking pits. Or, you can have a softscape that surrounds a swimming pool. Or, you could create a sustainable design that enriches the soil, saves water, and becomes a natural habitat suitable to the climatic condition of the environment.
Light It Up
Yes, you need landscape lighting to enhance the property. But, you also need lighting to make it safe.
Beauty: Having created a wonderfully aesthetic space with ornaments and plants, you would want it to be seen, not just during daylight hours. Strategically well-placed lighting will ensure that your effort gets a viewing late in the evening, too.
Safety: Even the most well-designed landscape will have pockets of uneven surfaces. It may include a small water body, a sculpture or two, and meandering pathways. Navigating the area should be safe for the family and guests. Moreover, there are also those insects you wouldn’t want to step on. Therefore, good lighting becomes vital. Moreover, outdoor lighting can work as a deterrent for unwanted elements that may enter your property.
Build Lighting Into The Design
The type of lighting and the location of those lights will need to be built into the design. Even as you create the pathways and placement of plants or trees, you would have to mark the areas that may need more lighting or less. This would also be the right time to decide the type of lighting you want - one that is aesthetically appealing and that is cost-effective, too.
Finally, landscaping of any kind is a small effort to be closer to nature. Therefore, it makes sense to make it as sustainable as possible.