Landscape Symbols: The Technical Side of Landscaping:

Just like any art and science activities, landscape symbols are used for a specific meaning. These landscape symbols are usually easily understood by those that are in the same career or business circle. Through these graphics or signs, landscape designers are able to understand and read a landscape layout without further explanations and texts. Usually, these design symbols are also classified into types. And to ensure that everything gets covered, even bricks and pavements are assigned with a relative drawing or graphics. Among the most relevant and prevalent in the landscaping business and designing are as follows:

- Deciduous shrubs. These can be in a single irregular circular plant-like graphic as well as in a continuous one to show whether the plant to be implanted is lone or in also continuous.

- Evergreen shrubs. These are drawn in the same irregular circular graphic, but this time with lines to close the circle or all lines having a focal point at the very middle of the drawing. It can also be just the same picture as the deciduous shrub but with a paralleling lines inside to emphasis it as an evergreen plant.

- Large deciduous trees. These are drawn n the way a tree may appear when you look at it at top view. Simple ones appear in irregular circular forms with a bold dot in the middle while more emphasized ones are in an irregular circular graphic with leaves-looking drawings inside it as well as a branching drawing in the middle.

- Large evergreen trees. These are drawn like the evergreen shrubs but this time, bigger and with a point in the middle.

- Ornamental trees. These looks like the big trees symbol but with inner the-same drawing as the outer bold irregular circle.

- Ground covers. These is probably the simplest because you just have to make sketches in a down-up stroke that looks like the penmanship of a learning child, or you can also make it more interesting by drawing a leaf-oriented graphic.

- Accent or specimen plant. Drawn n such a way that it will look like a plant’s top view, only that it looks like a cartoon version.

- Decks and patios. There are different drawings for a particular material of decks or patios. Brick are drawn just how brick will appear. Stone will be drawn with a bold line covering its area and within are stone looking drawings. Exposed are the same as the stone, but this time with smaller stone looking drawing to illustrate irregular aggregate materials. The wooden deck is characterized with slanting lines all over the identified area.

All these landscape symbols though are in plain view. The next concern in laying out a landscape design is the elevation. But this is the easiest part as all you have to do is draw a symbol in a standing position when you mean that it is elevated, while draw it in plain view when otherwise. Also, the bolder the ink, the bigger the plant or object is supposed to be placed in the landscape.

There are also other landscape designs that involve other design objects, drawing it on its top view will depict it in a specified area. With these landscape symbols, there will definitely be lesser remarks to come with a design. In turn, it will make the lives of designer and layout artists easy.

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