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Building a Garden? Here's What to do First (page 1 of 2)

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.

Next, analyze 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.

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