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Landscape Design Tools

Landscape Design Tools

If you want to landscape your yard it is always best to start with a plan, no matter how small or large your property is. Landscape design tools are an integral part of any landscape project and will help keep your project in perspective. Depending on the size and scope of your project, there are a variety of landscape design tools available.

TIP: Our expert gardening advisor, Susan Patterson adds, "Do not forget to consider underground utilities and drainage needs when designing your landscape plan."

Basic Landscape Design Tools

If you are looking to do your own landscaping for your yard and are not planning on any difficult landscape designs then you can get away with using very basic landscape design tools.

TIP: Susan suggests, "Make a list of the trees, shrubs and flowers that you would like in your landscape and be sure to consider their planting needs when making your design."

Use graph paper to help draw your landscape design to the correct scale. The easiest way to do this is to measure your yard and shrink the measurements down to scale for the drawing.

Pencils with good erasers make excellent landscape design tools. For any rough draft designs. Draw first with pencil until you have your final design set.

Use photos from landscaping books for inspiration and tips on how design your yard or garden.

Advanced Landscape Design Tools

If you want to take your design one step further, look into purchasing landscape design software. Several software programs are available to help you plan out your landscape and to pick what plants will be best. There are programs that make great landscape design tools if you have a large area to landscape or are trying to come up with an intricate design.

TIP: Susan reminds you, "Be sure that your landscape plan will accommodate the mature size of your flowers, shrubs and trees"