Landscaping Plans

Planning your landscape design is vital to ensure its success.  The planning process involved checking each area of the garden and understanding how ...


Planning your landscape design is vital to ensure its success.  The planning process involved checking each area of the garden and understanding how much sun, shade, water and gradient it has prior to starting your landscaping design.

The first step to a successful landscape plan is to draw up on graph paper the dimensions of the property you are working with.  Walking through the area on a dry day after a few days of no rain will show you where the dry areas of your garden are.  The same notes should be taken after prolonged rain to see where water accumulates and what drainage may be required in order to prevent water damage and drowning of plants.  Knowing which areas of your garden retain less water will be suitable for garden structures such as gazebos and pergolas while decking posts will benefit from dry areas too.

Taking stock of all the plants already growing will also give you an idea of which areas are better for growth and which plants you can include in your overall landscape design.  Every garden will have some redeeming features and seeing those before you begin your design can result in utilizing some already established plants.

Natural features such as rock formations and boulders can make wonderful features too, so there is no reason to take those out unless they cannot possibly fit into your final design.  Another feature that will require your attention is levelling or filling in areas.  Creating different levels within a landscape is a wonderful idea and introducing irrigation systems may require that you build up certain areas and reduce others.

On completion of your landscape plan, you can now begin to start your landscaping design, taking advantage of the dry and wet areas as well as any natural features you may have to enhance the overall look.

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