Landscaping with Style

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.
Landscaping with Style Design Step 3