- depth and specifications for topsoil and planting material – imported topsoil may need testing and approval
- details of site preparation
- type, depth and specification for mulch – samples may be needed
- details of irrigation and water points
- specifications and sowing rates for grass and wildflower seeded areas
- details of remedial surgery to existing trees, hedges and shrubs – these proposals normally follow a tree survey
- plant set up and maintenance schedules – larger schemes may need a landscape management plan and/or an ecological management plan for up to 10 years after construction
For hard landscaping:
- walls, gates, fences, rails, barriers, pergolas and trelliswork
- surface details (soft, hard, steps, ramps, drainage features)
- proposed and existing levels and falls
- details of any play equipment
- seating, litter bins, bollards and other street furniture
- construction details and specifications
- lighting and signage details
- details of existing and proposed services (above and below ground) and routing (depth, height, type, markers)
- details of substations, junction boxes and bus stops
- structures for building services (ventilation outlets, inlets, coolers, bin stores, bike stores, service yards)
Soft landscaping (vegetation)
Select plant species suitable to the local character of the area. Local trees and shrubs should be used where suitable, especially in rural areas. Plants should be supplied, handled and planted in line with British Standards.
Hard landscaping (hard surfaces)
Take into account local building techniques and materials. All equipment and materials should meet safety and design standards.
It is important to make sure a landscape architect or garden designer has all the required legal and safety documentation, insurances, licences and qualifications. Request several written tenders including a day rate to cover any extra work needed and references.