Annuals: Annuals are plants that will only last through the growing season and die in the winter. These plants will need to be removed in the spring, and new ones replanted in place of them.
Conservation: Conservation refers to the act of restoration and preservation of resources. Examples of conservation include protecting the environment, ecosystems, vegetation and wildlife.
Drainage: Drainage refers to a system where an abundance of water can flow away from an area.
Easement: An easement is the a right held by one property owner to make use of the land of another for a limited purpose, such as a point of access or passage.
Ecology: Ecology is the study of living things and their surrounding environment.
Environmental planning: Working with entities or stakeholders to design or develop land with a sustainable, holistic plan.
Gauge: The gauge (GA) of an edging product is the thickness of that product.
Grading: Grading is the act of trying to develop a level yard or outdoor space. Many grading plans are developed by civil engineers and contribute to the overall design of a landscape.
Green infrastructure: Green infrastructure involves a plan that uses rain water, drainage, etc. to help restore natural elements in a sustainable matter. This process creates healthier, more sustainable environments.
Hardscaping: Hardscaping refers to the use of rocks, pavements, pavers, retaining walls, patios, decks, stones and other hard material that is not a plant or greenery. Hardscaping is popular in desert areas such as Arizona and Nevada.
Landscape urbanism: Landscape urbanism is a new way of thinking about the development of a city with an emphasis on the landscape rather than the design of the buildings. In this thought or study, landscape design comes first and everything else is developed around it.
Native plants and trees: Native trees and plants are natural to a specific environment or region. For example, a Colorado Blue Columbine plant is native to Colorado.
Open space: Open space is an area that has not been developed and can be used by the public.
Perennials: Perennials are plants that last throughout the seasons. These plants might go dormant in the winter, but will come back in the spring.
Ravines: A ravine is a deep gully or gorge with steep sides.
Roll Top: A type of landscape edging where the top of the edging is rolled to eliminate sharp edges, helping protect kids and pets from injury.
Site planning: A site plan is developed by an architect and it includes detailed drawings and specifications of how a particular site will look. This plan is viewed by different parties, including local governments to ensure that codes are being followed.
Softscaping: Softscape refers to the use of plants, flowers, grass, shrubs and other greenery that are constantly changing and growing. Softscaping is popular in areas where a lot of rainfall is common such as Washington and the Southeast.
Sustainability: To have a sustainable landscape design or environment, the area needs to maintain an ecological balance. The main goals of sustainable landscape design are to conserve water and energy, reduce waste and decrease runoff.
Terrace: A terrace is a paved, graded area next to a building or home. Other terms for this include patio, deck or veranda.
Topography: Topography refers to the physical features of an area. For example, on a topography map, artificial and natural areas will be showcased including elevation and positions of those features.
Wetland restoration: Wetland restoration is the process of bringing back a natural wetland to the area that lost it due to a physical or developmental interruption.
Zoning: Zoning refers to areas that have been assigned to specific districts by the local government. These areas can sometimes have restrictions from manufacturing, residential or commercial use.