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How to Plan and Design Your Garden

The first step in creating a garden is formulating a garden plan.

By Liz Connolly from 10,001 Timesaving Ideas

The first step to creating a garden that’s both easy to maintain and rewarding is to put some simple design ideas in place. Whether you’re starting with bare earth or an established garden, formulate a garden plan.

Identify your garden needs, then design and plan accordingly. Think carefully about what you want to do in your garden: Is it a space for inviting friends and relaxing, a play space for children or pets, a small piece of wilderness in the middle of the city, an area reserved for cultivating flowers, or somewhere to grow your own organic produce?

Discuss your plans with the family. Take notes and pay attention to everyone’s expectations. Planning, construction and planting happens more quickly and calmly if everyone is in agreement.

Draw up a list of the things you like and don’t like in your current garden, and accept a few compromises or short cuts to avoid endless work and major expense when trying to modify the aspects you don’t like.

Plan for the future by making your design flexible. Think about how your garden may need to change over the years if you have a growing family, and take that into consideration during planning.

Consider pets and hobbies. If you have pets or special interests, take them into account during the planning stage.