landscape 5Winter is officially here and another year has come and gone. In the start of the growing season a lot of us make new years resolutions with the intent of reaching an objective or finishing a task. For homeowners, this may be as simple as renewing the flowers in their beds, or as hard as redesigning from the ground up. Now is the time to start the design process as spring will be quickly upon us.

A well planned design will help accelerate and simplify your landscape project when the time arrives. To start the process you have to possess or produce a sketch of the region being completed. For large projects involving the entire yard, it is helpful to have the full site plan of the property. It will help to have a drawing of the project site you are working on. Don’t forget to mark the directions on the site map. Place a north arrow on your drawing so you can identify planting zones later.

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landscape 3Once you have defined the project with a sketch, the fun can begin. The first step is knowing what you want and understanding the area you are working with. Each climate has it’s own wonderful plants to choose from. Local bookstores and nurseries offer a variety of landscape books and magazines that can help with this process. Once you have selected a style or theme begin drawing on your plan.

Creating your ideal landscapes comes from enjoying the creating process from designing the theme and layout to placing each plant in the ground.