When I tell people that I'm the landscaper who looks after our team's football field they are really impressed, and a little jealous. I don't think they know how much work it is though - it's definitely trickier than keeping your backyard looking green. Not only does my football field need to look lush, it also needs to be perfectly even so that the ball doesn't bounce at crazy angles, and not so soft that the players boots sink in. I need to keep up with all of the latest tricks that landscapers have, and I write these up here so that everyone can give them a try on their own fields.
Beautification of roadways is a common practice in many urban areas. Besides its aesthetic function, roadway landscaping tends to make driving and walking along such roads a pleasant experience. Furthermore, roadside landscaping aspects like irrigation and vegetation cover contribute to environmental conservation since vegetation acts as a habitat for various organisms. Also, vegetation on the roadway helps trap harmful greenhouse gases such as carbon. If you are looking to hire roadway landscaping contractors, you need to consider several aspects when landscaping. This article highlights useful ideas that you can consider as you work with your contractors.
Crash-worthy Landscaping -- Many fatal accidents occur when a vehicle veers off the roadway and collides with another or overturns. Consequently, landscaping must try to make highways as safe as possible for motorists. Crash-worthy landscaping includes any element that can allow a vehicle to break away in case of a collision. Such elements include herbaceous plants, mulching material, flowers and posts of breakaway capability. Fixed objects such as concrete segments and boulders are not advisable because of the risk of impact with a fast-moving vehicle.
Right-of-Way of Pedestrians and Cyclists -- Roadways are not only meant for motorists. Therefore, when performing landscape design, you should consider pedestrians and cyclists. Right-of-way simply implies access to the road by other users as required by law. You should make sure that access is provided at all times at designated points. With proper landscaping, pedestrians can easily recognise entry and exit points on roadways. Right-of-way landscaping not only slows down traffic, ensuring the safety of other road users, but also slows down storm water, which might otherwise lead to erosion.
Visual Complexity -- Sometimes an urban area can be a visual maze to inexperienced drivers or people who are unfamiliar with the setting. The entire urban environment consisting of tall buildings, signage, power lines, people and a network of roads can also be confusing to some skillful drivers. Landscapers should help individuals reduce this visual noise by interpreting information as easily as possible. One way that roadway landscaping can aid in visual interpretation of a town or city is to use vegetation as much as possible to separate intricate sections. Reducing road signs, especially those that are free-standing can also aid in improving the visual perception of motorists. Alternatively, when landscaping, make sure that the road signs flow seamlessly with natural elements such as vegetation for purposes of fast understanding of visual information.