For a straight-sided rectangular or square yard, measure the boundaries and diagonals, plus the position of garden features, such as large plants and trees.
The appeal of this garden is its simplicity. A rectangular lawn provides a foil for the exuberant planting to either side, and draws the focus toward the pond and archway.
©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited
2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited
To begin a landscaping project, find out the dimensions of the area to be landscaped by measuring the length and the width.
Carefully measure all four sides of your yard, noting them clearly on your rough sketch.
Measure area to be landscaped on the diagonal as well as the perimeter.
Measure diagonally across the yard from corner to corner. Repeat for the opposite diagonal.
Lay out the landscaping plan, taking into consideration plant spacing and future growth. Draw the shape of the landscape areas on paper showing measurements. Add in plants, trees and shrubs.
Plot large plants and features by taking measurements at 90° from the house and a boundary.
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