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Tips by a Landscaper on Planning For a Garden Design

If you are feeling overwhelmed about designing your garden landscape, then it is advisable to break up the process into several smaller spaces. For example, you can divide your garden into the front garden, the back garden, and the side garden.

Once you have done that, you can decide where to start and where to end. You can divide these spaces further to make it even easier. For instance, you can decide to divide the back garden into an entertaining area, grass area, utilities area, pool area, and vegetable area.

Once you define the different areas, you can work on each area at a time. This will make a huge project in smaller projects that are easier to manage.

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The Planning Stages

You can rely on three practical stages to create an exciting and interesting garden. These stages include site analysis plan, the concept plan, and the planting plan. These stages can be drawn to scale.

To design your landscape, you will need to do a lot before purchasing plants and planting them. Follow these plans to have a successful garden design.


Site Analysis

It is crucial to make an inventory of the space you are designing. The important details to include in the site analysis stage are:

  • Levels-Flat or steep
  • Sun or shade
  • Aspect-North or South
  • Shadows
  • Season- Winter or summer
  • Wind
  • Views-Bad or good
  • Existing buildings and trees
  • Soil conditions
  • Entrances-Back and front doors
  • Power lines
  • Underground pipes and cables
  • Fences
  • Clothes lines
  • Lighting
  • Patio and BBQ
  • Lighting
  • Drainage-Storm watered or runoff
  • Garages and sheds
  • Paved and unpaved areas

Once you note down these details, you can go ahead and start drawing the space. Start with drawing a rough sketch and eventually draw the rough sketch to scale. Put all the above details onto the plan.

They all need to be drawn on the sketch to assist in gauging any trends. For instance, there might be some paved paths from the back entrance towards the garage but everyone tends to take a shortcut across the lawn, thereby creating a desire line and no one uses the path. Hence, the desire line can be made the official path.


Concept Plan

This is the stage where you put down all your ideas. They can be as adventurous and wild as you like. Just forget the cost and enjoy your creativity. This is actually the stage where you practically put down all your dreams about your garden.

Later on, your budget will decide whether you will have them all or not. Anything is possible and don’t shy away from trying any idea. You can draw the concept plan roughly or to scale.


Planting Plan

The final stage is the planting plan. It is advisable to draw it to scale to allow you to have an idea of the exact number of plants you will require.

This stage involves all the ideas you have concluded to have in your garden and shows how the garden will look like. This is like a road map to guide you in setting up your new garden.

With these tips in mind, it can be easier to plan for your garden design and make your dream garden a reality.

For more details on landscaping in Sydney, visit

NBG Landscapes
610/320 Harris St, Pyrmont NSW 2009
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