Terra Flora Landscaping

300 Ward Ave.
Elkins, WV 26241
(304) 636-2199
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The Importance of Landscaping

Landscaping adds value to your home and your neighborhood. The right landscaping can increase the value of your home by 15 percent, allowing owners to recoup 100 to 200 percent of their investment. Your landscape is one of the first things prospective buyers notice when they visit your house. Realtors estimate that 95 percent of home shoppers will not even get out of their car if the house lacks "curb appeal."

Getting started with your landscaping project includes an overall landscape assessment of your space and needs. Then you need to hire a contractor that can fulfill your needs.


The landscape assessment begins with site analysis and careful consideration of how you use your outdoor space.

Landscape Assessment, Site Analysis

During the landscape assessment phase, our landscape designers will ask a lot of questions and listen carefully to your answers. The landscape design will be created to accent your unique lifestyle, within the natural constraints of environmental variables of the property, such as sun and shade, sights and sounds, type of soil, the lay of the land, and so on.

Sun and Shade

The way the sun affects your house and site at different seasons will greatly influence the overall design. By knowing the direction of the sun at different times of the year, you can determine where trees will be needed to provide shade in the summer.

Sights and Sounds

A walking exploration of your property will tell us many things. When you are standing on the front porch do you have a nice view? What do you see from the deck in the back yard? Is there significant traffic noise coming from one or more directions? We'll note your views of neighboring properties to determine whether to recommend a living barrier or other shielding.


We will carefully consider any poorly drained areas that may need underground drainage and make recommendations on drainage correction issues. Does water stand in low areas after a rain? Do these areas remain wet for several days?

Outdoor Needs

Identifying the personal needs and desires of you and your family will help us design a landscape that is aesthetically pleasing, enjoyable, and functional for your family.

Hiring a Landscape Contactor

A landscape contractor can offer a variety of services, including design, installation and maintenance of your property based on your specific needs and requests. Many firms have landscape designers on staff, offering the expertise to create and orchestrate the complete design, installation and maintenance of the most complex landscapes. Take a look at our article "How to Hire a Landscape Contractor".




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