Some people simply need a yardman to cut their lawn, and occasionally prune back a few bushes and trees, but others actually need a Vermont landscape designer. There is a huge difference between the two.
A landscape designer is first of all an artist. Many artists work utilizing an easel and paints, but a landscape designer utilizes items that change all the time. For instance, environmental conditions change, and of course plants and trees grow. Views change too, some according to the seasons, and some because man has deliberately changed the view. Regardless of the changes, a good landscape designer will take into consideration all of these factors to create an ecologically healthy design, in addition to creating one that is visually pleasing and immensely functional.
A good landscape designer will begin the process of such design by carefully determining the desires as well as the needs of the end user, then carefully inspecting the current condition of the site in question. Only after careful consideration of it all, can such a designer organize the plantings as well as the hardscape materials that he has in mind. Hardscape materials may encompass stones, boulders, steps, ponds and the like that will remain in place to heighten the beauty of the softscape, the natural growing things, around them.
Any artist uses the basic elements of design, such as visual weight, textures, colors, forms and lines, thus a landscape designer uses the exact same elements, keeping in mind items such as unity, repetition, order, and of course the proportions of everything to be used. All of these artistic guidelines are utilized in order to create the aesthetically pleasing beautiful landscape you asked for from a Vermont landscape designer.
This then is what truly separates a landscape designer from a yardman. Now, you see that a landscape designer may be trying to illicit a certain feeling, perhaps a positive emotion, through the use of landscapes. Artists create patterns, forms, movement and a cohesive theme in a painting, for example, but so does a landscape designer through lines and planes, for instance. Lines are formed by fencing, statues, trees, brooks, flowerbeds, paths, and of course expanses of sod.