Lay Of The Land: How Professional Site Analysis Can Benefit A Residential Landscaping Project

Posted on: 5 April 2017


Whether you're a homeowner looking to to spruce up the ground around your homestead or a property developer looking to make your properties more attractive to potential buyers and renters, there are countless reasons for taking up a substantial landscaping project around a residential property. However, if your landscaping plans involve more complex work than simply sticking in a few extra flowerbeds, you would be well advised to have your work site professionally analysed by a site analysis service.

These services bring a vast array of equipment and analysis experience to the table and are adept at examining every inch of a prospecting landscaping space to look for obstacles and other important environmental factors. When it comes to analysing a landscaping sight, information about certain environmental factors becomes even more important, so ensure your site analysis teams give you thorough information on the following site subjects:


One of the most important aspects of site analysis is determining how rainwater and other forms of moisture behave on the site. Sites that suffer from localised waterlogging, or which cause rainwater to pool in specific low-lying areas, can be rendered unsuitable for landscaping projects and must be modified to allow better water distribution.

Hydrozoning is a highly efficient way to manage the water on a site, and it involves planting trees, shrubs and other plants with high water requirements in areas where rainwater and moisture tend to collect. By the same token, plants that do not require large amounts of water are grouped together in areas where moisture is less likely to collect. As well as protecting your plants against flooding and root rot, the hydrozoning process also makes maintaining the plants on your newly-landscaped land easier, since plants with similar water and soil requirements are grouped together.

Drainage channels

However, even the thirstiest plants can't absorb all the rainwater that falls on your land, so you should have your site analysed to uncover natural drainage channels and the direction(s) in which water leaves the site. Trenches, French drains and other structures may need to be created to alter the flow of draining water, particularly if your site is adjacent to a road, promenade or other area with poor ground drainage characteristics.


This is getting 'the lay of the land' in its purest form and involves documents any rises, dips, ditches, berms and other significant changes of elevation on your landscaping site. These features will determine whether or not larger structures, such as gravel drives or water features, are viable additions to your site.

However, topography analysis is important for another, more urgent reason, as site analysts will be able to tell you how your land will react to sink holes, mudslides, wildfires and other natural disasters -- in some cases, they may recommend limited alteration of your site topography in order to provide better protection against fires and earth movements.