In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the most common features or sections that are often included in landscape journals. Many people keep ongoing landscape journals as a way of both tracking their progress and reflecting on their hard work, and ensuring you have the right practical elements in such a journal can be very helpful.
At Olympus Landscaping, we’re happy to offer a wide range of landscape design, installation and maintenance to any client. What are some of the other key elements we often recommend in landscape journals to our clients? Here are several.
A Budgeting Section
For many people, one of the most useful features of a landscape journal is its budgeting section. Here, you can keep track of the costs associated with each element of the project—from planning to implementation to ongoing maintenance. This allows you to stay on top of your spending and make sure that you aren’t overspending in any one area.
For instance, many people find that they overlook the importance of ongoing maintenance costs. As a result, they may end up spending more money in the long-term than expected due to unexpected costs associated with upkeep and repairs. A budgeting section in your landscape journal can help you stay on top of all of these expenses.
Vision and Goals
Another good long-running feature to consider for your landscape journal is a section dedicated to your overall vision for the project. Here, it’s helpful to write down your long-term goals for the landscaping and make sure that you’re staying on track.
If one of your goals is to create an outdoor space that will be inviting and comfortable throughout all seasons, then you can refer back to this section in your journal whenever making decisions about the project. This helps ensure that you’re keeping all of your goals in mind and staying on track for the completion of your landscaping project.
Tree and Plant Species or Combinations
Finally, especially if you utilize multiple different plant and tree species in your landscaping project, it can be helpful to include a section dedicated solely to the various combinations you’ve used. This allows you not only to keep track of all the different species that you’re utilizing but also to quickly and easily refer back to their specific characteristics whenever needed.
By having this information available in your journal, you can easily make sure that all of the plants and trees are cared for in the best way possible.
Ultimately, a landscape journal is an important tool for any landscaping project—one that allows you to keep track of your progress, ensure all goals are met, and stay on top of budgeting and maintenance needs. By including these common features or sections in your journal, you can make sure that you have the information and guidance needed for a successful landscaping project.
At Olympus Landscaping, we understand how important it is to keep detailed records of any landscaping project. We offer various services to help our clients create beautiful outdoor spaces that are both functional and inviting throughout the year. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your landscaping needs!