Growplan: Structured Landscapes

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

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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