A Masterplan is the ultimate tool for Rural Landscape Design

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan” Why is it so important to do a landscape design MASTERPLAN for your rural property?

In one word … MONEY! It allows you to have all the elements you can wish for, but allowing them to be done in stages over a period of time according to your budget constraints. So, saving money is the key to having a MASTER PLAN done.

Before the design process begins the most important stage is RESEARCH. This indicates any problems or constraints for the site whether it is bushfire prone, has trees that are called significant by the council. Clients are advised that this stage is so important these days as the council has satellite software that can find changes to the landscape over time, and neighbours aren’t so friendly when construction or tree removal happens next door!

Get ready! The most exciting area of rural Sydney landscape design is turning these constraints into opportunities, so the MASTERPLAN then becomes an exciting tool to use.

Maintenance of your rural property needs to be addressed during the landscape masterplan stage also, for the soft and hard elements. The soft elements could be garden size, type of planting scheme to include; the hard elements are built structures for example stables, arenas, pool and pool houses, tennis courts. The siting of these structures and the connection to your specific landscape site is how a design can go from so-so to fabulous and therefore a place where you want to be.


The joy of living on a large-scale property can be overshadowed if a maintenance plan hasn’t been put into place.
There are more areas of a MASTERPLAN that can continue after the base plan concept has been done. One of these is a PLANTING PLAN. Plants are chosen according to the soil type, climate, style of garden and client wishes. These are laid out on the plan accurately for either DIY or a contractor can quote from this plan. The plant schedule has the botanical names, common name, quantity, size of pot to buy, mature size when fully grown.


Another plan that can be done is a LEVELS PLAN. This shows the finished heights of soft and hard elements, for example, retaining walls. This allows for a discussion between the designer and the client for the need to go through the council or design a different alternative.


All these plans can turn your landscape into a desirable place to be.

“Stop wishing and start planning!” With over 30 years experience in designing acreage, why not contact Angela Maroney of Urban and Rural Design to turn your dreams into reality? Or check out our information about rural landscape design for acreage and resorts

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Hello, my name is Angela and this is my blog. With 30 years of experience as a Landscape Architect and Horticulturist, I now have the pleasure of sharing my love of design, sustainable landscapes and horticulture with passionate homeowners.

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