Landscape design plans help you to visualize the end result of any landscaping project. Landscape design plans can be drawn using paper and pencil or design-planning software, or with the aid of a landscape design professional. One must be very clear about what is needed to be done in order to be able to draw an aesthetically pleasing and practically viable landscape design plan.
The first and foremost task that needs to be undertaken is to measure the land area that needs to be landscaped. After conducting a survey of the land, you need to draw what features already exist on the land and decide if you would like to retain them or not. Take into consideration natural factors and features of the land like its slope, elevation, soil characteristics and climatic conditions. Then comes the part of the landscape design per se. You have to study all shapes, styles and themes that you're interested in, and then choose what you like best. The land area can be divided into four main sections: open spaces, plant areas, paths and features. Incorporate the selected shapes, styles and themes in each of the land areas. For example, if you are planning a circular landscape design, are you going to have circular ponds, flower beds and pathways as well? Be aware of the water inlet and outlet points on your land since you'll need to install irrigation systems. Now don't forget to draw these drainage, irrigation and lighting systems on the layout. Since it is difficult to visualize the landscape design so easily, you can get help from special software or draw it on paper.
Once the landscape design is finalized, it is better to list what materials are required and the cost of each item. Then you need to plan how much time you can devote for creating this landscape.
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