It is important to be accurate when measuring the size of your landscaping space.
Use a flexible tape measure if you can, especially for areas that aren’t exactly square.
If the area that you intend to cultivate has straight edges, then the metal tape measures that most of us have will be fine.
When you’ve decided on the size and space for your landscaping project, you can begin the next step. It is critical to determine the areas of sun and shade.
If you are planting a tree in a sunny spot consider what will grow under it, weather it is grass, flowering plants or ground cover. Eventually the tree will shade the area under it. Hence you may want to put rock or pavers around the tree. Can you picture a great bench or hammock under that tree? When planting trees, make sure they are far away from the house so, the roots have room to expand without destroying the plumbing or hiding the house.
Consider the size of shrubs and trees as they mature. Make sure you have sufficient space or your garden will look overgrown within a few years. The same goes for ground cover. It will be sparse for the first year or two, but will eventually fill in.
Once you start buying plants, it’s easy to lose sight of the space you’re actually trying to fill. Underestimating the space you need, will help, though probably not cure, that error.
Your local nursery can be a big help in this endeavor. They can help with choosing the right plants for the space you want and acquaint you with the plants indigenous to your area. If your plants are at home in your garden, they will more likely flourish with little effort.
Another consideration when planting your garden is the seasons. If you live in an area of four seasons, lucky you! There are many evergreen shrubs and trees that will keep your garden green all year round. Surround your evergreen plants with your favorite flowers bushes and deciduous trees, keeping in mind the spring summer and fall colors.
Landscaping is both science and art, and requires good observation and design skills. A good landscaper understands the elements of nature and construction and blends them accordingly.