Here's what to do first
Taking on a
landscape job can be a bit overwhelming. There are many aspects
that need to be considered such as sun, views, garden layout,
wind, drainage, plant selection, garden style and more. The smartest
way to tackle this type of job is to do what the professionals
do, put all this information down on paper. Using this process
as a starting point in the design of your garden may take a little
time and effort in the beginning, but the end result will make
all the difference. Just as blue prints are necessary for the
proper construction of a home, these design step helps to make
the process of garden design efficient and will minimize some
frustration that may occur.
The steps below will help you crystallize your dreams and aspirations
for your garden space and give you practical ideas that will provide
solutions. Let's take a closer look at the process. The first
thing to do is to make an inventory of the items that exist in
the space already. For example, your list may be comprised of
the location of the house, the fence, the driveway, and existing
trees and shrubs.
the site for practical considerations such as which way is north,
which way the prevailing the winds come from, are there any attractive
views, are there elements that need to be screened from view. This
is where you take a good hard look at how the space could be arranged
and more importantly, how the garden space should not be arranged.
Take this information and make a drawing of them to scale with a ruler.
Finally, a list of what you would like to have in your garden can be made. For example some of the elements you may want to include are arbors, decks, walks, or perennial beds.This early stage of the design process helps to define the goals of the garden and will help you avoid some of the pit falls that may crop up when installation is underway.The best way to think about how any outdoor space is to be designed
and arranged is to look at it as an outdoor room. This new "garden
room" needs its own style by creating boundaries, placing furniture,
and selecting accessories for the garden that convey the mood and
style that is uniquely your own.
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