Landscaping and the duties of a landscaper or land care professional can vary according to different regions. Quality landscape construction requires careful study and observation. Landscape is not the same in every location. Local natural experts are recommended especially if land design is done for the first time. Careful understanding of a site is essential for successful landscaping. Differing natural features such as terrain, topography, soil qualities, prevailing winds, depth of the frost line, and the system of native flora and fauna must be taken into account. Some land is not fit for landscaping. In order to landscape unsuitable locations the land must be reshaped. Reshaping of land is called grading.
Removing earth from the land is called cutting. Adding more earth to an area is added to slope, it is called filling. Sometimes grading processes may involve removing excessive waste, soil and rocks. This is done so designers are able to take into account all aspects at the planning stage.
Landscaping contractors make a letter. A letter is a rough design and layout of what could be done with the land in the current state in order to achieve the desired outcome. In many ways the landscaper is an artist on paper as much as with the earth. Different pencils are required to make graphics of the picture of the landscape design. In more recent years, landscaping has become more technological than natural. Only a few projects begin without bulldozer, lawnmowers and chainsaw.
Different areas have different qualities of plants. Fertilizers are required for this purpose in excess amounts as natural landscaping is done. Some landscapers prefer to use mix gravel with rocks of varying sizes to add interest in large areas.