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Garden Plan Step #2: Know Thyself

by Alex Russel, All About Lawns Columnist

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Garden Plan

The goal of a good garden plan is to accurately reflect your intentions for your garden in addition to the realities of the space itself. After carefully taking an account of the yard space, is time to ask yourself what kind of garden you want and need.

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After investigating the nooks and crannies of your yard or available area, it is time to put the focus on you. Namely, what kind of gardener are you or do you want to be? What kind of garden are you hoping for? A good garden plan needs to have a realistic sense of the gardener in question.

Garden Planning for the Family

The biggest question for any garden plan is the type of family you're designing the garden for. Gardens can be of so many shapes and styles, but some are really not appropriate for small children. If you have small children then a pool or a deep pond should probably be held off to later. A big lawn, with strong, resilient grass, would be a smart choice. And since gardening is time consuming, intricate flowerbeds and complex landscaping aren't probably in the order of things either.

Putting the Future in Your Garden Plan

Another garden plan question is timing. How long are you going to have this garden for? If you are renting your house and expect to move in a few years, how important is it to take on big projects like greenhouses, large terraces, swimming pools, or planting big trees? Wouldn't ease and simplicity be recommended?

Include Desired Renovations In Your Garden Plan

Or, do you plan big renovations? This day and age, homeowners are constantly looking to renovate and enlarge their homes. If building a second garage is in the back of your mind, then digging in a bush or landscaping the side of the house probably won't be time and money well spent.

In short, this second stage of the garden plan is for the real brainstorming. This is where the gardener reconciles her creativity with the reality of the terrain.

About the Author
Alex Russel is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating from Syracuse University he has worked at many different media companies in fields as diverse as film, TV, advertising, and journalism. He holds a dual bachelor's degree in English and History.

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