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The design style of Timandra Design & Landscaping

As members of AILDM [Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers] and Landscaping Victoria there are professional initial considerations that TD&L make to a site - 
  • Soil type is critical to the plant selection because different plants like different soils in order to grow well
  • Topography - this issue can have an enormous bearing on drainage - if not handled properly the correction costs can be considerable
  • Climate - there is often a correlation with the type of soil on the site. This includes rainfall, prevailing winds, availability of water to the site i.e rain water tanks, bore water [litres per hour, salt content and what type of salts which also have a bearing on plant selection]
  • Existing plant material and how/if this can be utilised in the new garden
  • Previous history of the property
  • The style and period of the home for domestic gardens - it is essential to get this right; it is the commonest problem with good garden design. 
  • The needs of the client - this includes children [?ages], pets, utility areas, time factors for maintenance, compost, permaculture if desired, the desire for birds in the garden, whether indigenous plants and/or exotic plants. These can all be incorporated into a sustainable garden when designed by a professional such as Alison. Knowledge and experience are essential in all of the above components. 
As strong sustainable advocates, when you use the principles of sustainable design for landscapes, the knowledge and experience can be used anywhere in the world. Sustainable gardens last indefinitely and for this reason are classic in their approach. Trendy gardens do not last and too often need replacing within 5 years. But Alison does keep abreast with trends to keep an open mind, through regular attendance at the Melbourne Landscape Designer's Conference. The overwhelming consensus of opinion by national and international speakers is for sustainable practice and respect for the environment.