Plan A Garden-The First Step

Getting  Started

If you are beginning to plan a garden you must make sure it will fit your overall purpose while making sure it remains pleasing to the eye.  You will need to decide if you want to devote your garden space to flowers, fruit, or vegetables.  You might also be considering a canopy gazebo, a canvas gazebo some other kind of garden gazebo.

You should decide if you want garden lights to be used to enhance your landscape. Considerations should also be taken to make sure it will be a satisfactory space for the your family, especially if you have little ones venturing about. Some people might want to work with only specific types of plants or flowers, while others may want to include a variety of plants in their garden.

A garden may be one that utilizes a particular design style. Your garden may be one that is divided into sections with differing purposes and styles. Regardless, of which you decide, you will need to make that decision and follow through with it.

Let's take a look at the rest of the space you want to utilize. A well groomed green lawn is usually highly desirable, especially if its intended for family use. If you don't have much room, or you have no grass, you might choose paving the area. I only say this because when there is only a small area of grass it seems to get worn and beaten down with the wear and tear of foot traffic. Make sure your area will stand up to the abuse it might get.

If you do choose to cover your surrounding area with anything other than grass, be sure that you use materials that will be safe such as having  a material that gets slippery when wet. During this planning stage is when all of these things should come to mind.

Now, do you want a formal or informal garden? Gardens, or garden features will fall into one of two categories, those that use patterns or those that use pictures. The garden with patterns is considered a formal garden since they are more or less symmetrical and based on regular shapes such as rectangles, circles, and ovals. Picture gardens are nearly always informal, based on irregular curves and balanced, but not symmetrical. Plantings can be used to emphasize the pattern of a formal garden and in the picture garden to create shapes, and focal points.

Estimating quantities of materials

Informal Garden

Putting Your Plans on Paper

It will be necessary to draw a reasonably accurate plan of the plot. Make a very rough sketch to jot down your measurements. Measure from each corner of the house to the boundary, keeping in line with the outer wall of the house. Now draw the house to scale on a sheet of graph paper, then mark off the measurements from each corner of the plot to the nearest corner of the house. Mark these measurements down.

Now, you are able to plan where you would like to place the features you are wanting to incorporate into your garden design. Use an erasable pencil, as this will most likely change many times before you decide on a definite location for each feature. These features would include paths,  flowerbeds, borders, bushes  and trees.  Check the ground areas for slopes and any other type terrain that needs to be addressed. Drainage is a very important factor to keep in mind. You will want to keep in mind the other areas you may want such as patio, deck, or garden structures you plan on acquiring at a later time. By doing this you will make sure the space is available when you need it. There is nothing worse than having to undo all of your hard work and expense because you didn't allot a space for a gazebo or pool, or whatever it might be.

Your next step to plan a garden is to estimate the quantities of the materials you need,  followed by marking off the patterns you will use in your garden and plant accordingly.

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