Planning a new garden

As the weather begins to improve, more and more people are starting to plan their gardening projects for the coming year. While many people have clearly defined ideas about what they want to achieve in their gardens, others have absolutely no idea where to start. While planning a new garden can be a fairly daunting task once you sit down and make a start you might find that it’s not such a big job after all and can actually be quite enjoyable.
   When tackling a new garden there are a number of questions you should ask yourself. The first of these questions is how you want to use the garden. Do you want it to be purely decorative, do you want the garden to be an area where the family can play, eat and entertain or do you want it to be a combination of all these things? The level of privacy required will also be a major issue along with the amount of time that you can devote to the maintenance of the garden. At this stage it is also useful to draw up a list of the positive and negative aspects of the site and to consult this when planning your garden.
   When you have an idea in your head of what you want your garden to be, you can start to draw up a plan. By drawing a plan you are able to try out a number of different looks before settling on a final design. Having a plan will also allow you to determine a budget and a time frame for the work to be carried out. At this stage it is good to remember that if time or money doesn’t allow the whole job to be done in one season, next year is just around the corner.
   To draw your plan you should first get a large sheet of paper, and drawing to scale mark in the whole outline of the site including the position of the house. It is important to draw your plan fairly big so that you can fit in all the features. When drawing you should always use a pencil so that you can reposition and resize things as the design develops. As the plan develops you will start to see how the different areas of the garden will work together and eventually what the finished product will be like.
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