Garden Planning Design Tips
Some Simple Planning Tips For Creating A Family Friendly Garden!
Sketch a rough scaled plan of the house and garden on a large sheet of graph paper.
Start with the house and any outbuildings, and mark downstairs windows and doors.
Add boundaries, such as hedges, fences and walls, and all trees, shrubs and beds that you want to keep.
Terraces and paved areas, steps, paths and ponds are all vital, as are changes in ground level.
Include the canopies of overhanging trees and mark in stars for good views or features.
Indicate north and the direction of prevailing wind and the path the sun takes over the garden during the day.
Label very shady, very sunny, very wet or very dry areas.
Once you have completed your rough sketch, measure your garden and all the permanent features and draw up a clean, precise plan.
This will help you make logical decisions such as where to site hard landscaping features.
This page will cover some of the basic steps in planning your garden design and feature some of the products that will help you to create a stunning garden for all the year around.
Planning Your Garden Features:
Your terrace should not be sited where it gets a raging gale, but where it receives the gentle warmth of the evening sun.
Your plan will help you satisfy both these requirements, as you will able to tell at a glance the direction of the prevailing wind and where the sun shines at different times of day.
The plan will also help you avoid such disasters as erecting the children's swing then finding out that their feet get tangled up in the branches of the apple tree as soon as they gain some height, or setting up compost bins at the end of a path that is just too narrow for the wheelbarrow to get down.
All this may sound a bit daunting, but it is actually very straightforward and is essential in getting to know your garden.
It is an important exercise that helps you clarify ideas, work out which features and plants will suit the garden, and how to make it a truly user-friendly garden.
Always consider the garden in relation to the style, proportions and scale of the house.
There should be a smooth transition between the two - each must flow into the other.
Think of the garden as an extension to the house, an extra room. Go around the house looking out of windows.
Views into the garden are extremely important.
Allow the landscape, shape of the site and surrounding areas to guide you.
A strongly urban landscape has as much to offer as rolling fields.
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You Will Need To Get At Least Some Basic Garden Equipment:
Although you will spend mostly sweat equity in planning and creating your garden according to your new design, you cannot escape the need for solid and safe gardening tools to help you with the clearing, planting, pruning and caring for the plants and the soil.
To get started you can simply buy a tool set online and have it delivered straight to your garden! As you become more experienced you will work out which tools you are prepared to invest more heavily into, so you may as well just begin with some basic disposable tools.
But when you buy garden equipment like wheelbarrows, make sure you buy the best that your budget can afford, as having a perfect wheelbarrow will make light work out of what would otherwise be totally exhausting work!
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