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Once again, it's time to go back to the drawing board. Your last efforts there should have produced a number of alternative use area sketches. Now you will give exact shapes to the use areas you want and decide what plants and structures will create those shapes and a pleasing overall landscape design.

If it has been some time since you made the general use sketches you may want to retrace the steps that led up to them, by reviewing the first three sections of this publication. To complete a successful design, you need to have a grasp of lot, house, and neighborhood characteristics as well as general design principles.

On the drawing board, place the best use area sketch over your base map and lot analysis drawing. On top of this, place a clean sheet of tracing paper.

There are three parts to completing your landscape design: -Draw exact shapes and locations of use areas, planting beds and landscape structures -Identify specific planting sites

-Select plants and construction materials that meet your design requirements

First, draw in planting beds and landscape structures that give shape to your outdoor use areas. As you draw, consider both function - energy conservation, screening poor views, enhancing good ones, etc. - and aesthetics - based on general design principles. You may want to review the relevant sections of this publication as you zero in on the most successful design.

Draw planting beds and landscape structures accurately to scale. You'll need some idea of the types of plants that will go into planting beds - deciduous vs. evergreen trees vs. shrubs, etc. - to make the beds the proper size.

Be prepared to draw several alternative designs. Professional designers usually draw several designs, try to improve them, then select the one that is best all-round.

Second, identify exactly where plants should go, using appropriately sized circles on your drawing. Except for very large trees, which are usually drawn about two-thirds their maximum size, draw circles representing approximate mature plant spread. Unless otherwise specified in plant descriptions, spread is usually about two-thirds of listed height. You may want to differentiate deciduous and evergreen plants with different symbols.

Finally, decide what plants and building materials will fulfill your design requirements. The goal is to select plants that will grow well in your planting sites while providing forms, textures and colors that complement your design.

Also choose building materials whose textures and colors complement your design. Structures should blend in with house and plants. If you have a wood-surfaced house, for example, you'll probably want a wooden fence, and its color should be the same as or complement your house color.

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Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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