Landscaping, is it just mowing lawns or building the turf?

Landscaping, according to, “is the process of making a yard or other piece of land more attractive by altering the existing design, adding ornamental features, and planting trees and shrubs.” However, there is a misconception that landscaping involves lawn care. When you search for a lawn or property maintenance company, many of them use the word “Landscaping” in their business name thus gives one the impression that they do lawn care. And guess what, many do!

However, the real word “Landscaping” is the actual process of making a piece of land more appealing (attractive) to the eye. In the late 16th century, The Middle Dutch (Holland) canvas painters coined the term referring to inland and rural scenery in their works of art. It metamorphosed into actual land mass art, in which we use the term today here in Central Oregon. Landscaping, however, literally is almost 300 years old because of how the painters embellished the landscape to make it look better than it already did so the people sought to make it the way the painter saw it.

A landscape designer or architect is different. This is a person or company that takes a hardscape and designs a work of art with trees, plants, shrubbery, water masses and other pieces of natural beauty. According to Wikipedia, “A landscape architect is a person who is educated in the field of landscape architecture. The practice of landscape architecture includes: site analysis, site inventory, land planning, planting design, grading, storm water management, sustainable design, construction specification and insuring that all plans meet the current building codes and local and federal ordinances. The title landscape architect was first used by Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of New York City’s Central Park.”

Today, typical landscaping is known for making improvements (modifying) or maintaining one’s property. A landscaping company performs a number of tasks to create and/or preserve residential lawns as well as commercial property. That is what we do here at Mike’s Irrigation. We improve and maintain your residential and commercial property once a week to ensure the longevity of your hardscape and beauty of your area. Call us today for a free quote for maintenance or irrigation.