Analysis, Planning & Design, Construction...



Biotic communities...

 

Plants

 

Urban Forest


The best friend on earth of man is the tree.  When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources of the earth.  (Frank Lloyd Wright)


Planning & Design

  • Plant selection and availability has improved significantly thanks to horticulturally-inclined designers and excellent, local plant nurseries.
  • Good design will always leave lots and lots of open space for plants to expand. Too many designs place 30 foot trees 12 feet apart and 6 foot shrubs 2 feet from sidewalk edges.
  • The best investment developers can make is in providing sorted, improved topsoil plating.
  • Practice of xeriscaping is always reasonable and beneficial to future communities the landscape shares.
  • Dot the entire landscape with nitrogen-fixing species.
  • Don’t get caught without plenty of sleeving, well-sized, for future modifications and expansion or addition of site amenities.  Install Site Monitoring sleeves and data conduits, with spares and pull chords.

Construction

  • Always have landscape plant pits inspected; photo record pit preparation.
  • Let WaterBalance help in specification of plant pit backfill amendments.
  • Don’t get caught without plenty of generously-sized sleeving; consider future modifications and expansion or addition of site amenities. 
  • Install Site Monitoring sleeves, data conduits, and junction boxes; provide spare capacity and pull chords.