No matter if your front and back yard is small or large, you can have destination location(s). How do you determine where to put an outdoor room or specific use area in your yard?
- Create a drawing of your yard showing your utility areas (current and future), such as any sheds, garbage area, clothesline, air conditioner(s), meters, and septic system.
- You can download a property survey from most city or county websites.
- Note legal setbacks.
- Show trees that are staying.
- Draw a path to the utility areas. Paths that are necessary every day should be straight.
- Find spots that are open and draw a circle or ellipse (for skinny, tight areas).
- Make a list of what you would to have in your yard. Make separate lists for front and backyards. Be honest on the size of your yard and your most important wishes. Some ideas:
b. BBQ grill
c. Children?s playground
d. Sports area
e. Dining area
f. Seating area
g. Butterfly garden
h. Vegetable garden
i. Meditation garden
j. Water feature
k. Dry riverbed, crick
- Determine site conditions and size of each circle, the sunlight, soil moisture, and pH.
- Select and name areas that fit your size requirements, site conditions for proper use of space.
- Draw paths to the circles.
- a. If you have room, creating meandering and hidden paths are wonderful
- way to make your landscape special.
- b. You don?t need to see the destination at the beginning of the path.
- Make sure you have watering methods for each area.
- Select plants, shrubs, trees, that meet the site and size conditions of these areas.
- a. These will go on the outside of paths and around circle.
Now that you have determined your outdoor rooms or various gardens, and your plant palette, you can then number them in the order of importance. Work on one at a time. Take before and after photos. You?ll appreciate all your hard work later.