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Putting Your Yard on Paper

Before creating a new design for your landscape, it's a good idea to put a few things down on paper.

Start with the survey you received when you purchased your home. It'll provide basic measurements for the property lines and the house.

Then measure the locations of other elements like trees, shrubs, and any hardscaping. Have a friend help by holding one end of a measuring tape, and be sure to keep it level, straight, and tight. To get accurate measurements, you can use tricks like right-angle measurements and triangulation.

Don't forget to locate overhead features like tree canopies and powerlines, since these must be considered during the design phase. Once you have a bird's eye view of your property sketched out on paper, you'll be ready to start designing.

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