How do I start my landscape planning?


ill have to wait for spring

  4 answers
  • Ellis Ellis on Dec 27, 2018

    While you're waiting, go online to garden websites and see what you like. Also, you can get some gardening books and magazines from the library, and make plans for spring, when you can get to work.

    While the yard is bare for winter, try to take note of things like which orientation you have for sun, views you might like to hide (trash cans, the neighbor's shed, etc.), problem areas like puddles that collect. Then you can spend some time investigating what plants or fencing you could use to solve these problems.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Dec 27, 2018

    Visit you local nurseries to see what grows well in your area.

  • Oliva Oliva on Dec 27, 2018

    Check out what your neighbors have that appeals to you. Consider asking them for help in planning your landscape, as they've already found what works and what does not, how long plants took to achieve current size, damage from deer, squirrels, rabbits and groundhogs, water problems, etc.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 28, 2018

    Ellis's suggestions were great for starting your landscape plans. Once you know the lighting and lay of the light, shade, low or high areas, etc. you can start planning where you want where as far as your gardens, any paths you want to have, etc. Check out the website for magazines that have a lot of gardening articles with pictures. They are usually palatial places and the gardens are spendy, but it will give you ideas of the mature look of the bushes and plants, etc. that you may want. Some even have diagrams of the gardens layouts. Better Homes and Gardens is one that I use, they have extensive materials on gardens. Always check with a local greenhouse, not big box store, they will let you know what will work where in your landscaping plans in each area. If you want further help with your landscaping from us, we will need to see where you want gardens, lighting, etc. and where you live. Good luck, Mike! Have fun planning and putting in your landscaping, but don't take on too much at the same time. Start in one area, prep the area and plant, then enlarge it or go to another area. You want to not take on too much at one time or it gets really frustrating because you are not seeing any results right away. Do prep one area for planting, start putting in some of your plants once you get that done and you will be able to see the progress as you go rather than prepping everything and waiting to plant.