Growplan: Structured Landscapes

Nigel Cowburn
Landscape Architect | Landscape Design
Phone: 027 214 7791

Farm landscapes require an overall plan that balances home and farm with the practicalities of farm operations within the designed landscape. Clients' needs are diverse and may include:

•••● Homestead landscape, parking and access and farm buildings (also staff/guest/tourist accommodation)

•••● Access design, turning circles, surfaces for heavy vehicles (e.g. as dairy tankers, tractors, trucks)

•••● Rational stream setback design for resource consent compliance while reducing land loss

•••● Riparian and restoration planting with integrated weed management; hedges, shelter-belts and frontages, arboretums and tree collections, beautification

•••● Subdivision landscape planning

•••● Environmental reports in support of consent applications
Example of Riparian Planting Design >>>
1 site visit to measure and discuss your needs

2 Define planting outcome e.g.
    •••● runoff mitigation especially phosphate
    •••● stream stability and restoration
    •••● beautification
    ● staged planting / weed management
3 Research for species that fit design objectives

4 Plan for planting and maintenance details
    ● prioritise planting areas
    ● define planting modules
    •••● develop stage planting approach
    •••● define problem weeds
    •••● develop weed management methods
5 Create plant selection for instance
    •••● stage 1 plant sedges, rushes & restios to enable
       grass-herbicide weed control
    •••● stage two  - plant selected broadleaf plants

6 Hand draw concepts and test them

7 Produce planting plans and specifications
Riparian plant selection with phosphorus uptake focus Riparian planting plan excerpt showing four planting modules
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