Here are a few simple guidelines to get you started so all your weekend projects will fit together.
Sketch The Boundaries Of Your Yard
- Mark major features (house, trees, driveways, etc.)
- Note placement of windows and doors.
- Note where people walk
- Draw lines on your plan from windows and doors. Beauty elements like patios, walkways, benches, go along or around these lines so you can see them. Utility elements like grills, trash cans, etc. go outside the view lines.
- Add interest and depth with different levels using steps or retaining walls.
- Highlight entry and exit points with plantings or special paving.
- Grills require 3 feet clearance on either side of the grill.
- Pathways need to be at least 3 feet wide
- Patios with tables need to follow the following guidlines:
- 4' round... requires 10' x 10' of space
- 5' round... requires 12' x 12' of space
- 4' rectangle... requires 9' x 10' of space
- 5' rectangle... requires 9' x 12' of space
- Slope away from the house. Slope patios to make sure water runs away from the house. As a rule, drop 1/4" for every foot.
Don't be afraid to think big, but if you make a plan for the whole landscape, break it into manageable projects you can tackle one at a time.