Landscape Design and The Importance of Balance

Landscape Design and The Importance of Balance

How is Balance Important to a Lancscape Design

There are many factors to be considered when it comes to designing the perfect landscape, but one of the most critical elements is that of balance.

It is essential that the landscape you design be in balance with the home, with your family, and with the surrounding environment. Achieving these goals can at times be difficult, but the rewards of achieving this balance can be very great.

In the long run, achieving this balance in your landscape will actually reduce your workload by making ongoing maintenance easier. This balanced landscape will also help to reduce problems with garden pests and common plant diseases since the residents of the landscape will be healthier and better able to ward off any problems before they become severe.

What is Balance in Landscape Design

Of course, balance means many things to many people, and different landscapers and gardeners will have different ideas of what constitutes a well-balanced garden. To some, a balanced garden brings to mind visions of a formal garden, complete with symmetrical shapes and topiary hedges. To others, the idea of balance relates more to the balance with nature that the garden can create.

Still, other gardeners and landscape designers will consider the landscape to be in balance when the colors, grouping and plant arrangements look natural and in tune with their surroundings.  No matter what your idea of balance is, it can be easy to spot a landscape that is out of balance.

A number of factors can cause a landscape to fall out of balance, including the inclusion of too many trees, bushes or other landscape elements in the same area.  Neglected areas of the landscape, such as an overgrown walkway or a pond filled with algae, can also cause the landscape to become unbalanced.

How Important is Balance and Proportion in Landscaping?

Balance is essential when designing a landscape. The balance should be maintained between the various components such as:

  • Color with contrast.
  • Balancing by quantity and not overcrowding of garden plants and features.
  • The background should be neutral in nature to avoid distraction over the main focal points.
  • Having an open area in the center will enable the property to appear more spacious.
  • Break up the monotony with a variety of color, contrast, form and texture.
  • Repetition of certain features will achieve rhythm and unity.

How To Fix an Un-Balanced Landscape

The first step to restoring the balance in an unbalanced landscape is to address the individual problems that have caused the landscape to come unraveled. An overgrown walkway can be weeded, and the paving stones reseated, while a neglected pond can be cleared of algae and replanted with more attractive plants. The key is to look critically at your landscape and to determine those features that could use a good reworking.

Balance Your Landscape Today

Are you in need of a new landscape and design or are you interested in giving your old outdated landscape the balance it needs? Contact Fernandez and Sons today to learn more and get started.