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SEAGLE: About Enriching Landscapes | News


“The greatest oak tree was once a small nut clinging to its ground.” – Zig Ziglar

“If you build up the soil with organic matter, the plants will be just fine.” – John Harrison

“What you see depends on how you see the world. For most people, that’s just dirt. For a farmer, that’s bearable.” – Do Zantamata

“If you have not experienced the joy of achieving more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” – Robert Brault

“Humans are disappearing from the outdoors at a rate that would make them top any environmentalist’s list of endangered species.” – Tim Gill

For some, January is the hardest and loneliest month of the year. For others, any challenge January brings is met with courage, strength, and creativity. Storms that recently passed through the area brought over five inches of rain to several locations and posed a challenge to many.

In landscaping, January is an ideal time to focus on your home grounds and plan potential needs for upcoming seasons while enjoying a hot beverage. In this planning process, consider designing and building enrichment elements that will enhance the aesthetics of the property and provide personal enjoyment for your family and guests. This is your outdoors. So, make the most of it while keeping cost, sustainability impacts, and environmental awareness in mind.

Enrichment elements play an important role in completing the landscape in function, aesthetics, form, and value. To better understand the role of the fertilization elements, photograph the interior rooms of your home and visualize the ceilings, walls, and floors. These rooms are not ready for use until they have been furnished in a manner conducive to your descriptions and specifications of your needs and desires. To make it functional and personal, it requires furniture, telegrams, photos, music, pets etc. in a design that minimizes clutter and confusion.

Outdoor Rooms operate on the same concepts and have similar needs to make it both personal and functional. Enrichment elements are components of the room’s exterior that are not necessary to make up the walls, ceiling, and floor of the landscape, but are things included in their spaces that offer positive value that achieves a purpose without clutter or confusion.

Landscape enrichment elements can be tangible (touchable) or intangible (felt but untouchable), natural (from nature) or fabricated (artificial or manufactured). Examples of tangible natural elements are rocks or boulders, water in a stream, a fountain, or a simple flower. Examples of intangible natural elements include the sound made when the wind blows through trees, the sounds of water flowing or falling, music from songbirds, watching an eagle or hawk soar overhead and the scent of flowers in bloom.

Examples of tangible manufactured items are outdoor furniture, benches, gazebos, pergolas, hammocks, etc. Examples of intangible manufactured items are the sounds made by the wind in bells, the sounds of church bells ringing in the distance, the sounds made by water flowing over and down a custom fountain, etc.

Not being able to touch some enrichment items does not diminish their value in the scene. Intangible enrichment materials satisfy the senses of hearing, smell and taste. Also, if someone in your family has any physical disability, these items can play an important role in how they enjoy the great outdoors.

Care must be taken in the design process to minimize the amount of enrichment elements. Consideration must be given to the quality of the fertilization materials to ensure and maintain the desired and attractive area. For example, outdoor furniture can exhibit characteristics from heavy and unwieldy to cheap and tasteless, with many desirable features in between.


Choosing the correct characteristics such as size, shape, color, construction material, appearance, weight, integrity, etc. in your outdoor furniture will help determine the effectiveness of these enrichment items. If an enrichment element does not add value and complement the site, it should be deleted or replaced with an option that offers such an enhancement.

It is possible to use too many enrichment elements and this usually happens frequently. When this happens, the effect is described as chaotic and manifold with design principles such as simplicity and unity falling victim to overuse and poor planning.

Another enrichment is the night lighting which provides great scenic benefits in the later hours of entertainment to individual enjoyment. We’ve come a long way from basic floodlights that provide glare and blinding to modern lighting strategies that deliver softer, more attractive results. Ground solar lights are an ingenious way to direct traffic flow throughout a property or space.

Types of night lighting include walk lights (safety and decorative), silhouette lighting (the outlines of plants when placed behind them), shadow lighting (light placed in the foreground that casts a shadow on the wall behind), and downlights (mounted high in a tree and casting light patterns and leaf shadows). on the ground) and top lighting (mounted on the surface, casting a light pattern and morphing upwards). When planned properly, these types of lighting can be much more flattering in night scenes.

Two lighting precautions must be recognized and followed. First, position the lights so that they do not shine into the landscape user’s eyes which could present a safety hazard and inconvenience to the guest of the space. Second, make sure the brightness level outside the house is equal to the level inside the house. Otherwise, the separate glass door or window acts as a mirror and reflection, thus reducing the lighting effect value of the indoor viewer looking at the night scene.

Enrichment elements serve your spaces very effectively and are chosen based on your individual wants and needs. Determining how you want to use your space will be a guide to what you need to define in order to achieve your dreams and provide an outdoor room that is fun and interesting at the same time.

Structures such as hot tubs, gazebos, pergolas, trellises, planters, benches, hammocks, chairs, hammocks, etc. can all be more functional in your spaces. Statues, bird houses, bird baths, bird feeders, squirrel feeders, fountains, urns, etc. can also be enjoyed. The chimes placed effectively on the site provide great acoustics as the wind blows through them. Make sure your seating area, outdoor swing, pool or hot tub, etc., is rich in music. Continue to keep environmental awareness at the forefront as you plan to enrich your outdoor environment.

“If I rise on the wings of dawn, if I rest on the other side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will quickly catch me.” – Psalm 139: 9-19

“In God whose word I give thanks, I trust in God; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” – Psalm 56:4

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. He who is afraid is not perfect in love.” – 1 John 4:18

“When you are brought before councils, rulers, and authorities, worry not about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what to say.” – Luke 12:11-12

Dr Eddie Seagle is Sustainability Auditor, Golf Environment Organization (Scotland), Agronomist and Horticulturist, CSI: Seagle (Consulting Services International) LLC, Professor Emeritus and Graduate Emeritus (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College), Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning (University System Georgia) and a short-term missionary (Heritage Church, Moultrie). Direct inquiries to [email protected]