Landscaping Plans and Designs

At ONA Landscaping, we believe that a beautiful and functional outdoor space can greatly enhance the quality of life for you and your family. Inspired by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, we create landscaping plans that are in harmony with the environment while incorporating functional and practical elements that cater to your needs. Our experts are dedicated to providing the highest level of service and expertise to design and build your dream landscape.

Natural Style of Landscaping

Taking cues from the diverse and stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, we aim to create outdoor spaces that capture the essence of nature with our landscaping plans. Whether you want a dry riverbed or an alpine-style meadow, our experts will study real-life examples to design an authentic and visually appealing environment.

Functional Landscaping Plans and Designs

At ONA Landscaping, we understand that beautiful landscaping should also be practical and functional. Our designs consider how the space will be used, ensuring that elements such as shade trees, wildlife-attracting plants, and usable spaces like patios are thoughtfully incorporated. Additionally, we strive to create low-maintenance landscaping plans and designs that cater to the preferences and needs of the end user.

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Site Survey & Arborist Consultations

Our comprehensive landscape design process begins with a site survey conducted by a licensed surveyor. This ensures that all topographical information, existing vegetation, building locations, and utility placements are accurately documented before we start designing your landscape.

To ensure the health and longevity of existing trees on your property, we recommend an inspection and report from a consulting arborist. Their recommendations are crucial in guiding our designs and ensuring the best possible outcomes for your landscape.

Utility Locations

Before we begin any project, we take the necessary steps to identify and mark all utility locations, ensuring a smooth and efficient construction process.

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Types of Landscaping Plans & Designs

Our meticulous landscaping plans ensure that all aspects of your project are effectively communicated to you, our crew, and any other contractors involved. While we anticipate that some adjustments may arise during the project, our aim is to be as detailed and precise as possible in our plans.

Depending on the scope of your project, we will provide the plans and designs as needed, including these and more:

  • Landscape design: Covers hardscape, aggregate, plants, lawns, and more.
  • Landscape construction design: Includes structures such as fences, gazebos, pergolas, and arbors.
  • Irrigation design: Details underground design and drip irrigation zones.
  • Special projects plan: Covers unique elements like water storage and metal art.

Our thorough planning approach ensures that we deliver a well-coordinated and expertly executed landscape transformation tailored to your unique needs and preferences.

General Design Guidelines

Our landscape design process follows these general guidelines to ensure quality, functionality, and alignment with our Low Impact Landscape Mission:

  • Evaluate material alternatives for eco-friendliness.
  • Plan for adequate parking and accessible pathways to building entrances.
  • Allow space around buildings for maintenance tasks (e.g., window washing, painting, repairs).
  • Driveways: Blacktop and concrete or gravel with “country driveway” options.
  • Walkways: Concrete, brick paver, or wood chip paths.
  • Consider future access for septic/sewer service, projects, and maintenance equipment, including double gates or removable fence sections.
  • Check material availability and obtain initial client approval before finalizing the design.
  • Account for project material staging and, if needed, develop a staging plan.
  • Include all landscape design elements in measurements and notations to estimate project materials accurately.

Landscaping Plans & Site Guidelines

We take great care in addressing site-specific requirements with our landscaping plans, such as retaining walls, grading, and stormwater management. This ensures that your landscape is both beautiful and functional.

Requirements and considerations may include:

  • Determine if retaining walls or rockeries are needed to manage grades and slopes.
  • Identify areas that require excavation or changes to the grade to meet the design requirements.
  • Shoot and record grades on-site using a benchmark to ensure accurate grading and design implementation.
  • Ensure appropriate grading is completed before installing any hardscaping elements, such as patios or fences. Grades must slope away from all buildings to avoid water damage.
  • Install erosion control products like “jute netting” on steep hill sides as necessary.
  • Stormwater management.

General Plant Guidelines

Our plant selection process is guided by the unique conditions of the Olympic Peninsula, ensuring that we choose plants that are tough, adaptable, and low maintenance. We also prioritize native plants and plants that attract wildlife and support pollinators.

Landscaping Plans with Sustainability and Function in Mind

At ONA Landscaping, we prioritize sustainable and functional design principles to create eco-friendly landscapes that cater to your lifestyle. By integrating these principles, we can help minimize your landscape’s environmental impact while maximizing its aesthetic appeal and practicality.

  • Utilize native plants: Incorporate plants native to your region, as they are well-adapted to the local climate and require less water and maintenance. Native plants also provide essential habitats for local wildlife, supporting a healthier ecosystem.
  • Design for efficient water use: Group plants with similar water needs to optimize water usage and ensure the health of each plant. Consider installing drip irrigation systems for targeted and efficient watering.
  • Enhance privacy with strategic placement: Use plants, fencing, or other landscape features to create privacy or screen undesirable views. This can help establish a more intimate outdoor space.
  • Emphasize seasonal interest: Select plants that provide visual interest throughout the year. For example, incorporate spring-blooming shrubs and trees, summer-blooming perennials, autumn foliage, and evergreen shrubs for winter structure.

By incorporating these sustainable and functional design elements, we can create a landscape that is both ecologically responsible and enjoyable for you and your family.

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Landscape Installation Process

Our professional crew at ONA Landscaping is dedicated to ensuring that your landscape installation is completed efficiently and to the highest standards. Before starting the installation, our crew will perform a thorough site preparation, including removing any existing plants, debris, and grading the area as needed.

We will then install all hardscape elements, such as patios, walkways, retaining walls, and fencing, according to the landscape plan. Next, we will prepare the planting beds by amending the soil as necessary..

Once the site is prepared, our team will carefully plant all trees, shrubs, perennials, and groundcovers according to the design plan. After planting is complete, we will install mulch or other ground covers to help conserve moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds. We will also install any necessary landscape lighting to enhance the beauty and functionality of your outdoor living spaces. Finally, our team will clean up the site, leaving your new landscape looking pristine and ready for you to enjoy.

At ONA Landscaping, we take pride in creating beautiful, functional, and sustainable landscaping plans and designs tailored to each client’s unique needs and preferences. With our expertise in natural and functional landscaping, comprehensive site surveys, and professional installation and maintenance services, you can trust us to transform your outdoor spaces into a haven of natural beauty and enjoyment.