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3 Reasons You Should Hire Certified Irrigation Designers (#1 Says it All!)

As you embark on a landscape architecture project, there are many variables to consider. From designing the flow of each space to selecting plant life that suits your microclimate, the factors to think about go on and on. And there is one addition to the checklist that doesn’t always get its due: irrigation. Many landscape architecture firms give this job to engineers. But today, we’re going to talk about why you want to ensure that certified irrigation designers are on the task!  #1 Irrigation is Not the Time for Half Measures While you could make the argument that anyone can choose plants for their landscape, the value of an expert is obvious. They can make selections informed by years of education and experience. This ensures that they are the ideal installations for your unique landscape and microclimate. Plus, they’ve got an eye for pairing various plant life beautifully.  But when…

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

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…
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Benefits of Landscape Architecture with Trees: Why We Should Restore Canopies After Hurricanes

In 2021, we have experienced the third most active hurricane season on record. As so many places have been impacted by these intense storms in the past year, the conversation surrounding the importance of tree canopies has resurfaced. (Although, it’s always one we here at Jerry Pate Design enjoy talking about!) Today, we’re going to share a few benefits of landscape architecture with trees to show why we should restore canopies after hurricanes.  Benefits Of Trees: They Protect the Planet We all hear a lot of talk about climate change floating around, but it can be difficult to get a clear answer on what really causes it. But here’s one insight Climate.gov has shared: “Increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide are responsible for about two-thirds of the total energy imbalance that is causing Earth’s temperature to rise.”  That means that if we can work toward reducing carbon dioxide, we can begin…
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Project Update: Brownsville Park Charrette

On October 25, our team here at Jerry Pate Design collaborated with Sustainable Town Concepts to host a charrette with members of the Pensacola community. The topic of discussion was the forthcoming Brownsville Park project, for which we are in the design phase now.  When we are creating public outdoor spaces for locals to enjoy, it is so important for us to gain their perspectives. We were delighted by the chance to hear feedback and opinions from the very people who will be patrons of Brownsville Park in the future.   As a part of the Pensacola Design Project, Jerry Pate Design is donating our time and effort to make these Brownsville Park improvements. Upon completion, the L-shaped property may feature a playground, pavilion, picnic areas, and more.   We’re excited to break ground soon!   Photography Courtesy of Escambia County Community and Media Relations.  

How to Create Healthy Low-Maintenance Landscapes: 5 Tips from the Pros

We all appreciate the beauty and ambience of healthy landscapes, but how often do you think about what goes into them? Sure, we might marvel at the wonders of nature. Many of us probably even think about the talent and passion a landscape architecture firm poured into its design. But we so rarely consider the maintenance (maybe because we don’t want to be reminded of our own lawn-mowing duties). And you’re probably sighing internally, because few people truly find joy in maintenance. But here’s the thing: If you do your due diligence up front, you can minimize the amount of upkeep your landscape needs. Interested? Then keep reading! We’re talking about how to create healthy low-maintenance landscapes, and we’ve got five tips from the pros!  Landscaping Tip #1: You Have to Commit This is perhaps the most important thing to know about maintaining healthy landscapes! After you’ve hired your landscape architect…
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