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2. Make a wish list before you begin your design. List what features you consider a priority or essential to your design.
3. After listing essentials, list elements that are desirable, however don’t cram so many in that your sense of strong design is lost.
4. It is a lot better and less expensive to make mistakes on paper first, rather than in the garden itself. Start by making a simple sketch of the garden as it is, and then work out your ideas.
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A. Draw the outline of the garden first, together with the position of the house and any other major features, and make sure you have the correct measurements for these before filling in any of the other elements.
B. Next, draw in those elements that re easy to position, such as rectangular flower beds, a circular pond or the garden shed, if you are reasonably sure of their position and know they will remain in your new design.
C. Ink in those elements of the garden that are fixed and will not change, such as boundaries and paths that you know you will not move. Draw the more movable garden features in pencil first, as it is quite likely that you may have to make slight adjustments before the plan is complete. Ink them in when you know everything is in its correct place.
D. Use a compass to draw curves and circles if possible. Not all curves are suitable for this, but you can buy flexible rulers that can be bent into any reasonable curve.
The exciting part of designing or redesigning a garden comes when the basic structure is on the drawing board and you can start to work magical transformations as you test your ideas. Drawing to scale is the next step to reach this goal.
The rough sketch must be transferred to a scale drawing before any detailed plans can be sketched out.