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Design a Garden for Free Doing it Yourself
“Yes we can” design a garden for free! Everyone does have some creativity. So just say it: ‘I’m going to design my garden!’ With all the info on this Garden Design website, you do have everything you will need to design your own garden and do the landscaping.

Let’s us put the concept of design a garden for free in the right context. There is no miracle get your free garden overnight. Realise upfront that by going on this quest to design a garden, will require you to put in time and effort. Oh Yes, quite a bit of time and effort, but you can also have lots fun.

Review some different landscaping ideas and styles by going on to our Landscaping Ideas page. Complete the review before you jump in and start with the actual design a garden for free process. This will save you time and effort in the long run.

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  The design a garden for free process will require you to complete all the steps as we have outlined. These steps are described briefly on this page so as not to waste your time on things you may already know. Should you require more information on any subject, just click on the helpful links!

Initial Steps on DIY Garden Design

You will require a plan of your current garden, on which to design garden a garden for free. Start by drawing in the garden boundaries and the outlines of the buildings. Remember that it needs to be to scale! Draw in the position of doors, windows and any other services that may have an influence on your garden design. Your water supply will affect your irrigation system design. Likewise the availability of a power supply will determine your garden lighting design.

  Measure any changes to the ground level and draw the corresponding contours on your plan. Changes in level can be determined by looking at steps, differences in the garden fencing panels, or by more sophisticated methods, or by a combination of the above methods. Changes in the ground level will affect the placement of hard landscaping items in your garden design. The need for cutting and filling, or the correcting of a drainage problem, can incur large costs. This can be contrary to your, design a garden for free concept, right!

  Examine your soil.

  Determine the pH level and soil type. Soil can be classified as sand, silt, clay or loam. Also dig an inspection hole to help determine the depth of your topsoil. The quality of the soil does has an influence on the types of plants that will thrive in your garden. Now revisit the choice of garden landscaping style and make sure that its plants are compatible with your soil.

  Determine your garden site orientation. Use a compass to help you determine the orientation. Record this on to your site plan. This aspect is important to determine the correct positioning of items relative to the sun’s movement. Make a list of good and bad views from your garden. Lastly indicate the prevailing wind direction on your plan.

  You are now ready to make some decisions! Make a note of all the items and elements you would might like in your DIY garden design. List them in preferential order. Take a look at what is in your current garden. Are they compatible and do you like them? What can you retain in your garden design? What should be removed? Try to minimize the removal or repositioning of the larger items. These activities generally incur costs, you want to design a garden, for free remember, but if it is going to make a big difference it might be worth it!

Design your Garden and Draw it.

  Now you should be ready to design a garden for free. Just a quick recap, to see if you have:

  • Selected a theme and style
  • Prepared a plan of the current site
  • Ensured that the style and site are compatible
  • Used the garden design principles
  • Researched the plants required
If you have not completed all the above, please go back and do it. If you leave anything out of your design a garden for free effort will turn into a gardeners nightmare!

It is vital for a designer to produce a drawing of the garden design that is workable and understandable. Having a drawing of your garden design will keep you on track. It keeps you focuses and will give you direction.

Formal Garden Design

Formal design a garden for free drawing

When travelling you need a map or GPS to get you to an unknown destination. Likewise you will need a drawing to direct your path, to keep you from drifting from your garden design theme and style. A well done drawing can inspire you to keep to the design when you finally landscape your garden.

You will draw three different plans as you progress your garden design, i.e. a concept drawing, an outline drawing and the final plan. The final plan should contain sufficient detail for your DIY needs. Develop your own techniques. After all you will be the one reading your final plan. Choose your color, theme, style and scale and don’t forget to stick with it throughout your design a garden for free phase.

Design your own garden by first completing a concept plan. This is a rough plan of all you desires in the form of a rough sketch. Visualise what you want, then put it on to paper. Complete a few concept plans and select the one that appeals most to you and your family.

Next draw your basic outline plan. This plan includes of all the items, materials and subsequent plants in their right places. All items must be drawn to the correct scale, but in low detail. Your design a garden for free should now take shape, and you are able to move things to their correct positions.

The final and detailed plan will contain a key to understanding the garden design. Everything will be drawn to scale. Plants are in their full grown correct size, and spaced out correctly. It is advisable to check the final height and spread of each plant.

The hard landscape items are placed in their correct positions. The hard landscaping is indicated in the key to understanding the plan. For example, where there is a drawing of brickwork or paving, indicate what type is used and the materials required. Also finalise your irrigation system design and garden lighting design as part of your integrated design a garden for free process. Two separate drawings for this are required.

For more complex hard landscaping items, e.g. a barbeque or a gazebo, you may require some additional drawings.

Plants must be zoned in the correct areas where water and sun requirements are similar in need to those of other plants. All the plants would have been selected, and are listed by name and number. Your final plan must be sufficiently detailed.

Make sure you don’t leave anything out. This is what you would have accomplished in your design a garden for free effort. Yes, go and show everybody: Let them know that you designed your own garden.

Make a photo copy your final design and have it laminated, frame the original, this will make it waterproof and perfect for use during the construction of your garden.

You will not be able to wait to get into the garden! You just have to get started right away, don’t you? The following steps will help you in executing the landscaping of your new garden.

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