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How Do Bodies of Water Create Microclimates? 

February 8, 2022 8:43 pm Published by

We posted recently about the role of microclimates in commercial landscape architecture, but did you know that bodies of water create microclimates? In fact, they have a major influence on the way a landscape organically functions. Today, we’re going to cover the ins and outs of how it happens, so you can better understand one part of your landscape architect’s perspective for your property.  What Are Microclimates?  First, let’s recap with some insights from our previous post on the subject … Merriam-Webster defines a microclimate as “the essentially uniform local climate of a usually small site or habitat.”  In terms of commercial landscaping, you can think of it like this: Outside of a children’s hospital, there is a small park. It contains a bench with trees that provide shade right above it, a patch of flowers next to a stretch of green space to play or picnic, and a swing set at one end. This park is surrounded by concrete—sidewalks and pathways leading back into the building or out to the parking lot—and the soil was disrupted extensively during construction of the complex. On top of all that, its variances in shade and sun exposure will impact plantings, as will […]

Microclimates for Commercial Landscaping: The What, Why, and How of Planting for Locality

December 13, 2021 2:43 pm Published by

When you set out to design a beautiful landscape for your commercial property, there are a lot of variables to consider. You have to think about how the spaces will be used, the feelings you want them to evoke in people, and the way they complement buildings and hardscape.  A key part of achieving your goals for all of those factors is thinking carefully about the plantings you incorporate. It might seem unquestioningly positive to integrate native plantings. And indeed, this concept (which has become something of a buzz phrase in recent years) does represent an idea that benefits the environment. However, there is a difference between plants and flowers that are native to your region and those that will thrive in the specific area you plan to plant them. And this, my friends, is the art of understanding microclimates!  Let’s explore the topic further and learn how microclimates for commercial landscaping can be beneficial and look beautiful.  The Definition of Microclimates First, you might be wondering: What exactly are microclimates? Merriam-Webster defines a microclimate as “the essentially uniform local climate of a usually small site or habitat.” In terms of commercial landscaping, you can think of it like this: […]