Step Three: Assess Your Site
Spend some time walking around your lot, noting all the features on a copy of your site drawing and evaluating both the positive and negative aspects of your site.
- Consider how your lot is graded. You will want to avoid putting a patio in a drainage area; however, the same area might be a perfect rainwater catchment for a vegetable garden or wildflower patch.
- Identify whether areas are shaded or sunny at different times of the day.
- Find out where utility lines are located and mark these clearly.
- Indicate views you want to preserve and those you want to screen out. If this is not a new landscape, note the location of existing plants and irrigation system components you wish to keep.