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Design Your Own Landscape 1

design your own landscape 1
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Landscape Sample Designs Plant Search Interactive Landscape Galleries Landscape Classes Landscape Plan Choosing Plants, Trees & Mulch Patios, Walkways & Borders Wildlife Habitat Landscapes ยป Design Your Own Landscape Learn the best way to plan out your new water efficient landscape. Designing a landscape takes planning. Use these tools to determine your landscaping needs and to design a water smart landscape that best fits your lifestyle. Planning One of the first steps to designing your own landscape is to conduct a site and needs assessment. Review your current landscape and decide what you want to change or create in your yard. Be sure to create a water-smart landscape in harmony with our desert climate. Use the "Landscape Site & Needs Assessment" checklist below. Check out our wildlife habitat tips if you want to design a yard that attracts birds and animals. Free Sample Designs If you get overwhelmed by the design process, consider using one of SNWA's professionally-designed landscape plans. Landscape Design Toolkit : Landscape Site & Needs Assessment Design Your Landscape Design Your Irrigation System Plant Search Water Smart Landscapes Program Plant List Landscape Design Tips Designing your own landscape can be overwhelming. Use the tips in this section to ensure the design process of your landscape goes smoothly. Check with your Homeowners Association for any landscaping requirements or restrictions. Decide in advance how much you can afford to spend on your landscape. Create a timeline to make the most of each season during the planting and installation process. Know your zones (mini-oasis, transition, arid) Take a gardening class at the Springs Preserve. Take photos of eye-catching plants or plant groupings you may want to use in your landscape. Consider blooming seasons when planning your landscape. Create a focal point for each part of your property. Use lines throughout your landscape to define the space and direct the eye to those focal points. Repeat shapes, textures and color to pull your landscape design together. Plan your irrigation system for several years in advance, accounting for plant growth and future water needs. Buy smaller plants to save money. Place trees first as an anchor and work your way outward. Be sure to allow enough room for root growth. Remember, new plants need six months to a year to begin filling out. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or a later version to read the PDF documents. Download the latest free version.

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