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DIY Landscaping

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Amber Bacon

on 15 December 2013

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Transcript of DIY Landscaping

Create A Wish
List
Do you want to put in a patio or grilling area?
Maybe Privacy from the neighbors?
A private retreat spot?
All of the above are important. Before you get started think about what you want to incorporate in.
What is
Landscaping?
Evaluate Your
Land
Step outside. Whats Good/Bad?
Whats spots get the most sunlight or shade?
Are there slopping areas or areas of concern?
How about immovable objects such as trees or an inground pool?
The Basics of
Good Design
Harmony & Unity
Plant Shape
Landscape Views
Repetiion & Rhythm
Proportion & Scale
Now What?
Create A Base Map
Set the Pace Using A Landscape Pattern
Two Types: Dynamic Designs & Static Designs
Dynamic- draw the eye across the space with the use of diagonal or zigzag lines, Creating a sense of movement
Static- draws the eye to the center of the plan, rather than encouraging the eye to roam outside the space.
Selecting your
plants
Everything depends on your "Zone." Kansas' annual min. temp is -10 - -20. Kansas also typically has 45-90dpy above 86 degrees.

Annuals/Perennials
Shrubs/Trees
Ask yourself whats the style you want & what can your "Zone" handle.
DIY Landscaping

Develop A Concept
What is YOUR Style?
Is it Formal Design? Informal Design? Cottage Garden? Petite Flowers?
There are so many different styles to choose from! But! You can also develop a Personal Style.
A Base Map shows you the footprint of your house & property. Exact dimensions & where utility or electrical lines might rest.


Its time to add sketches to those notes from evaluating your land!
Sketch in existing features that ARE NOT going to change
Draw "bubble areas" to represent the ways you want to use your yard
These might include screening the view of the neighbor's yard, pathways, patio or even a new swing set for kids.
You can erase & make new bubbles wherever you want! You're the designer here
After you have the "Bubbles" right where you want them, make a new, clean, final drawing.
This is your design concept.
By sticking to your Base map, your landscape-layout vision will remain cohesive & the final results of your hard work will reflect a well-thought-out plan.
Improves the aesthetic appearance of (a piece of land) by changing its contours, adding ornamental features, or planting trees and shrubs.
Landscaping is a problem solving technique that takes an ugly yard & transforms it.
Creating a Basic Base
Map
The Assignment
You are given a scenario:
A young family with property next to highway who wants a play area for their children but also a modern area to entertain at. They are also seeking privacy from their pesky neighbors.

How you handle the situation and design it, is up to you. Now, using the paper I gave you, brainstorm, decide a style, evaluate the land & what the customer wants. Create a base map then create design in 3-D or 2-D. 100pts.

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