Step 1

Plot Yard Boundaries

Plot Yard Boundaries

It is useful to have a rough outline to work to, so sketch out the garden first and measure the boundaries, since they are relevant to the overall landscaping plan.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Make First Arc

Set the compass to the first measurement you took from the house. Put the point where you measured from on the house, and draw an arc.

Step 2

Plot Second Measurement

Plot Second Measurement

To determine the position of trees put the point of the compass on A, with the marker end extended to the measured length, and draw a small arc with the marker. Then place the point on C and repeat. Where two arcs meet is position of tree.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Draw Second Arc

Reset the compass to the second measurement. Put the point where you measured from on the house, and draw a second arc to cross the first.

Step 3

Plot the Borders

Plot the Borders

Moving out into the garden, measure and mark the location of flower and shrub borders, since they are relevant to the overall landscaping plan.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Connect the Dots

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for all of your boundary triangulation measurements. Connect the center points of each of the crosses to plot your boundary.

Step 4

Plot Out Buildings and Trees

Plot Out Buildings and Trees

Moving out into the garden, measure and plot the location of buildings and trees, since they are relevant to the overall landscaping plan.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add the Details

Using the same technique outlined in Steps 1 to 3, plot the position of buildings, trees, plants, and other major features to create your scale plan.