Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Main Principles of Landscape Design

The Main Principles of Landscape Design

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Landscape design NJ is about much more than just making a garden look pretty. Of course, your yard will look much more attractive once you have had a professional landscape designer work their magic, but the principles of landscape design go far beyond simply prettying up the environment or installing Inground pools NJ.

landscape design 300x224 The Main Principles of Landscape Design

Balance

One of the primary principles of good landscape design is to achieve unity in nature. Everything is about balance and the best landscape designers are able to create the perfect balance between the elements, colours, texture and style. They are able to take any design brief and create a garden which fits in with its surroundings, fitting in even with the many residents install in their gardens.

Practical

Of course, most people want to be able to use their garden space, so landscape designers also have to prioritise functionality when creating their designs. Whether they are installing barbecues, decking, vegetable gardens, or Pools NJ landscape designers will have to ensure that they balance elements of design with usability.

Lines

Landscape designers so often use lines to define the gardens they work on. The effects which can be achieved simply by using a curve line rather than a straight, or a straight line rather than a zig-zag can be immense, but most of us would never think of using lines to define a space. That is why professional landscapers are worth their weight in gold – they see things the rest of us so not.

Plants

Plants, flowers, and trees are a crucial part of any landscape design. One of the most important principles of landscape design is choosing plants which will not only thrive in their environment and enhance the appearance of the garden, but which will also enhance the quality of life of the people who spend their time there.



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US birds in ‘widespread decline’

US birds in ‘widespread decline’

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baldeagle cornell US birds in widespread declineAlmost one third of the 800 species of birds found in the US are “endangered, threatened or in significant decline”, a report has concluded.

Described as the most comprehensive assessment of its kind, the study listed habitat loss and invasive species as being the main threats.

But where conservation measures had been taken, some bird populations had shown signs of recovery, it added.

The US State of Birds report was commissioned by President Bush in 2007.

It was compiled by a partnership of organisations, including the US Geological Survey and the American Bird Conservancy, from three long-running bird censuses stretching back 40 years.

Habitat concerns

One of the key findings was that more birds were at risk in Hawaii than anywhere else in the US.

“Habitats such as those in Hawaii are on the verge of losing entire suites of unique bird species,” warned David Pashley, American Bird Conservancy’s vice president.

As a result of the encroachment of human activities, nearly all of the bird species on the Hawaiian Islands were in danger of extinction unless urgent conservation measures were implemented.

“In addition to habitat loss, birds also face many other man-made threats, such as pesticides, predation by cats, and collisions with windows, towers and buildings,” Dr Pashley added.

The report also found that at least 39% of ocean bird species were declining, and about half were of “conservation concern”.

It also highlighted that half of coastal migrating shorebirds had declined, “indicating stress in coastal habitats besieged by development, disturbance and dwindling food supplies”.

The researchers said it indicated deteriorating conditions and that effective “management policies and sustainable fishing regulations were essential”.

But the report also presented evidence that populations of birds recovered quickly when conservation measures were taken.

The data revealed “dramatic increases” in wetlands species, such as pelicans, herons, egrets, ospreys and ducks.

“These results emphasise that investment in wetlands conservation has paid huge dividends,” observed Kenneth Rosenberg, director of conservation science at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

“Now we need to invest similarly in other neglected habitats where birds are undergoing the steepest declines.”



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