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Starting Your Landscape Design

With a little planning, designing your own landscape can be a fun and rewarding experience.

First, spend some time thinking about how you plan to use your garden. Next, walk around your site and mark down what you want to keep or change. Note plants, soil types, views, pathways, and other elements. Pay special attention to sun and shade patterns, as well as drainage.

Take rough measurements and draw a map of your site. Include the house and other buildings, utilities, driveways and paths, and any landscape elements you want to keep.

Finally, taking all this information into consideration, start drawing ideas on your map. And don't forget: put the right plant in the right place!

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