Landscape designThe Pinehurst Ultimate Guide to Landscaping

April 29, 2016

If you are thinking about landscaping your residential or commercial property, you may not know where to start. Landscaping is a complicated and comprehensive process that ultimately changes and improves every element of the space. There are certain factors, like drainage and traffic flow, that you may not even think about when considering a landscaping project! It may seem overwhelming at first, but don’t worry. Our step-by-step guide to landscaping will walk you through every aspect of a new landscaping project so that you know exactly what to expect.

Step One: Create a Preliminary Design

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The first step of landscaping is to create a plan. This gives you a rough idea of what the finished landscape will look like. You’ll continue to work with us to perfect every detail.

When you decide to landscape your property, the first step will be to meet with our design experts to come up with a design that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. Landscaping isn’t just about making an area that’s nice to look at; it’s also about making a space that is comfortable to live in. We’ll meet with you to do a walkthrough of your property, discuss your expectations from the project, and find out what functions you will need for the space. Will people be strolling through the space to look at a fountain or other design element? Will you be hosting guests for barbeques and parties? Will you spend more time outside during the day or at night? Once we know how the space will be used, we can plan a design that caters perfectly to your needs.

After we have seen your property and discussed your needs, our designers will create a detailed site analysis and a scaled drawing of your landscape. We can create a design that incorporates your existing plants, tree, and other elements that you would like to keep. We also take into consideration elevation changes and drainage issues so that you won’t have to worry about the technical side of the project. With our 50-plus years of experience, you can trust us to create a design that looks impressive and functions flawlessly. We will do a second walkthrough of your property with you so that you can envision how the finished landscape will look and feel. When you are completely confident in the new design, we begin our work.

What Design Elements Can I Choose From?

When you meet with us to discuss your new landscape, we’ll ask you for input about what design elements you want to see in the space. There are so many ways to beautify a landscape! Here are a few of the design elements that you can choose from Pinehurst Landscape Company.


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Patios are so popular because they’re great places for entertaining!

Patios are one of the most common landscaping design elements, and for good reason. Patios provide an outdoor space for entertaining and relaxing, almost like an outdoor living room. We can design your patio to take on a cozy atmosphere and a unique shape that fits in with the rest of your landscaping.


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Hardscaping elements add structure to the design.

If you want to make your patio even more cozy and inviting, we can add a fireplace or a fire pit. These are great features for making your patio even more comfortable, as you can relax around the fire pit with friends and even do some rustic outdoor cooking with your outdoor fireplace! We also create other classic hardscaping elements, like stone walkways, retaining walls, and swimming pool decking.

Outdoor Kitchens

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An outdoor kitchen makes outdoor entertaining easy.

Sometimes the weather is so gorgeous that you want to be outside enjoying it. An outdoor kitchen is a great way to help you spend more time outside, whether it’s hosting outdoor parties, having a family barbecue, or just mixing a couple drinks and enjoying the stars with your spouse. We build outdoor kitchens that are expertly crafted to meet all of your food preparation needs. When planning an outdoor kitchen, we consider lighting, plumbing, and appliances to create an all-in-one outdoor cooking experience. You can choose to simply install a miniature refrigerator and sink for an outdoor bar or go all out with a chef station that’s fully equipped with a cooktop, double sink, and dishwasher. No matter what features you choose, you’ll be astounded at how easy it is to entertain outside after installing an outdoor kitchen.

Garden Architecture

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Garden architecture supplements your design in a functional and aesthetically appealing way.

When designing your landscape, we keep in mind how the flow of the architecture will affect the overall visual appeal. For instance, retaining walls serve the purpose of protecting against soil erosion and blocking off certain areas where you don’t want foot traffic. However, we also take into consideration how the shape of your retaining wall will affect the functionality and appearance of the finished landscape. So, when we install garden architectural elements, like retaining walls, we make sure that they will add to the definition and structure of the design as well as be a beautiful, as well as functional, focal point of your property.

Water Features

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Water features add a meditative touch to your landscaping.

Is there anything more relaxing than a coy pond? Or more magical than a fountain where children can throw pennies and make wishes? Water features add an almost interactive element to your landscaping. We can install ponds, fountains, and waterfalls to create a relaxing and enchanting atmosphere. It has been proven that the sounds of falling water inspire relaxation and creativity; many people choose water features as part of their landscaping because they “give back” in the form of stress-relief and natural beauty. Natural stone waterfalls, ponds, and fountains can create a relaxing oasis in your backyard. Water features are also a smart design element to have on your commercial property, as people will intentionally visit just to take in the pleasant scene.

Outdoor Lighting

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Outdoor lighting is important for the security of your property as well as for creating visual appeal.

Both commercial and residential properties can benefit from thoughtful outdoor lighting. Installing outdoor lighting not only makes your patio or walkway safer to walk on at night, but it also keeps your property secure by deterring thieves and vandals. Plus, carefully-crafted outdoor lighting can add focus to certain design elements and make the overall property look well-maintained at night. At Pinehurst Landscape Company, we use low-voltage LED lighting, because it is lower cost upfront, consumes less electricity, and lasts long than traditional high-voltage lights.

Unique Elements

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Unique sculptural elements like this “dry river” add visual appeal that you won’t find anywhere else.

Many homeowners and business owners look for landscaping that is truly one-of-a-kind. Having a unique landscape is a great way to set your property apart and really “wow” your guests or clients. We are proud to have worked with several clients to create these unique features for their properties. One of our recent unique designs was a “dry river” our Landscape Designer, Corey Branch created for a client in the Mt. Washington area. The river is composed of hundreds of broken chips of Pennsylvania Bluestone, which was chosen because of the natural blue color of the stone. We were inspired by Asian garden designs that use stone in a way that suggests the movement and flow of water. The final result was a serpentine stone river that naturally wound itself through the garden.

Step Two: Visit the Nursery

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Our nursery has a wide variety of landscaping plants, so you can see your plants in person to make sure they are right for you or choose a new plant that you like better.

After you’ve consulted with our designers and chosen all of your design elements, we present you with a scaled drawing of your landscape and walk you through your property to visualize what the finished landscape will look like. However, visualizing can only go so far. At this stage, we invite you to make an appointment to visit our nursery. This is where we keep a variety of plants that we use for landscaping. You can see what the plants intended for your property will look like so that you can decide if you like them or if would prefer something else. For important focal points such as a specimen tree, we offer the chance to select the exact specimen you want to go into your garden.  If there are hardscape elements, such as boulders into a hillside or bluestone patio for the backyard, clients are invited to inspect the particular pallets of stone they wish us to use. This hands-on step of the landscaping process ensures that you will be completely satisfied with every decision that goes into the final design.

Step Three: Installation

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We install every part of your design thoughtfully and with care.

Whether you came to us with your own design or we worked with you to create a design, we always put the utmost care into the project installation. In addition to choosing your own plants at the nursery, we will also conduct an evaluation of your existing plants to make sure that all plants will be compatible with each other. If plants are found to be non-compatible, you have the option of either removing the existing plant or choosing a different new plant. We then conduct a site evaluation to determine the logistical needs of the project.

After the site has been evaluated, the plants have been chosen, and the final designs have been approved, we begin the installation. First, we commonly will roto-till the soil in planting beds to break up compacted soils and add soil amendments such as compost when necessary. Grading is often an element of your property that may go over-looked. Prior to installation, we will take note of the existing grades and address problems of drainage or erosion to avoid future headaches. After the site is prepared, we begin planting and building structures. Our well-trained crew members are supervised by an experienced foreman, who will remain on site at all times during the installation. You can expect that every aspect will be handled carefully and efficiently for a finished landscape that you will love!

Step Four: Maintenance

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We offer a variety of maintenance services, so your landscaping can continue to look its best.

You finally have your beautiful new landscape! But that’s not the last step. You also have to make sure that the landscape is maintained so that it looks and functions well in perpetuity. Pinehurst Landscape Company employs professional horticulturalists and licensed tree experts who can expertly maintain your landscape and even improve an older garden in need of care! We offer seasonal cleanups that cater to the unique needs of your plants every season. We can also plant color flowers for a pop of vibrancy in any season! Additionally, we offer mulching, edging, weeding, trimming, pruning, and fertilization services. We know that part of a great landscape is its longevity, which is why we will do everything we can to make sure that your property is always looking its best.

We hope our ultimate guide to landscaping has helped you to understand the landscaping process and to learn about all your options! If you’d like to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a consultation!

Get in Touch With Pinehurst Landscape Company

At Pinehurst Landscape Company, we value the craftsmanship of artisan stonework and custom garden design. With over 50 years of experience in landscape design, we’ve learned how to tread the delicate balance between functional and stylish Our award-winning garden designers are committed to working one-on-one with you to create a comprehensive design that thoughtfully attends to your personal needs and individual tastes. Contact us to schedule a consultation today! If you like our work, consider following us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, and Google+.

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