Step 1

Mark Size and Position of Window and Doors on Grid

Mark Size and Position of Window and Doors on Grid

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Draw the House Doors and Windows

For a medium to large garden, use a scale of 1⁄8”:1’ (or 1:100 cm); 1⁄4”:1’ (or 1:50 cm) for small gardens; and 1⁄2”:1’ (or 1:20 cm) for courtyards or patios.

Start at the bottom left-hand corner of your page and draw on the house wall, showing the position of doors and windows.

Step 2

Position the Boundaries

Position the Boundaries

Make a rough drawing on a good sized piece of paper, indicating the boundaries and other relevant site conditions to the overall landscaping plan.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Position the Boundaries

If your yard is either square or rectangular, draw to scale the left- and right-hand boundaries at 90 degrees to the house wall, and connect them.

Step 3

Add Trees and Plantings

Add Trees and Plantings

Make a rough drawing on a good sized piece of paper, indicating trees and plantings that are relevant site conditions to the overall landscaping plan.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Trees and Major Plantings

Using the measurements you took from the house and boundaries, draw on trees and large plants, including their canopies.

Step 4

Plot Out Buildings and Structures

Plot Out Buildings and Structures

Make a rough drawing on a good sized piece of paper, indicating buildings and other structures that are relevant site conditions to the overall landscaping plan.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plot All Other Features

Carefully draw on patios, pools, paths, garages, and outbuildings, regardless of whether you intend to keep them.