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Site Analysis

Comprehensive Landscape Design Begins with a Thorough Site Analysis

A site analysis of a property allows you to develop an as-built, a starting point before you begin the landscape design process. The site analysis is one of the most important parts of developing a long-term sustainable landscape….. It is Grant's Gardens, Inc. initial step in getting to know the project site.

A site analysis is a process of asking simple, but important questions about the site:

  • How large is the site?
  • What is the soil makeup of this site?
  • What are the soil conditions on the site?
  • Areas that are compacted on the site?
  • Slope - the direction and percent of slope. Contour lines may have to be generated on the landscape plan.
  • How does water drain on the site?
  • What type of microclimate?
  • What plants exist on the site?
  • What native plants exist on the site?
  • Unique characteristics
  • Shady areas. Sunny areas.
  • Where is the water table?
  • How do the ocean tides affect the site?
  • Existing buildings, fences, walks and other structures should be located on the landscape plan.
  • Utilities - all utilities above and below ground should be placed on the landscape plan
  • Legal aspects - deed restrictions, easements, building and zoning regulations, boundary lines, right of way and setbacks should be drawn on the landscape plan. Some cities have ordinances which prohibit the planting of plants within certain distances of the curb, the planting of certain plants, the construction of certain types and sizeable brings, and the blocking of views.

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    • I wanted to let you know that I am very happy with the lighting. It looks so nice! It’s not overwhelming, which was exactly what I wanted, but really highlights the plantings.

      I think Angel did a great job. I think it’s great that he was able to put the transformer near the pool equipment and the wiring is completely out of sight. I saw him this morning and thanked him but please let him know again how much I appreciated his work.

    • Teresa and I wanted to express our appreciation for the great work your team has done in our garden on Bird Key Drive. The original conception is now in full evidence — what artistry!…

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    • Just wanted you to know that the “crew” did an excellent job of cleaning up the canal-side garden … it’s never looked so good!…

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    • Glenn, What a feat it was to get those HUGE trees planted, without disturbing a blade of grass anywhere else on the property. The removal of the Washingtonians was expertly accomplished as well…

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    • Glenn, Wow, what an amazing job yesterday! The precision needed to move these trees through the air was actually breathtaking! Everyone who saw this project was in complete amazement. And it was done without a flaw…

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