The Foundation to Landscaping Design: The Site Analysis

When it comes to landscaping, the design step is very important. The site where you want to install your landscaping will have a lot of underlying factors that will affect the landscaping. To get the most out of the landscaping a site analysis should be conducted first to determine the factors that will ultimately affect the success of your design.


Our owner and president, Bob Petracco, discusses five important factors that should be considered during your site analysis.

  1. The most important thing to consider is the exposure of the site.¬†The direction it faces determines which kinds of plants will do well. For example, if the designer selects shade loving plants for a southern exposure, the plants won’t do well.
  2. The style and architecture of the structure is important. If the client has a contemporary residence the designer shouldn’t design a traditional plan to coincide with the surrounding environment.
  3. Budget and value of the property should be considered. If the client has a 7K budget there’s no reason to design a 20K plan. Also the design should, for the most part, reflect the value of the property.
  4. Desired level of maintenance is very important to most clients. Most people prefer low maintenance designs.
  5. The need for hardscape elements should be considered. Does the client need entertainment space? Does the grade of the site require changing with a retaining wall? Would a differently shaped or located walk make the entrance more pleasing?



Taking all these factors into consideration will help in designing the perfect landscaping for your given space and it will ultimately reduce the need to re-designs and save you time and money.

Doing a site analysis on your property will take some due diligence, but it will be worth it in the long run!

Would you like to get started on your site analysis so we can hit the ground running with your dream landscape installation? Contact us now by clicking here or calling 859-635-0711.