Part 2: Design
One of the most fun parts of the backyard garden re-do was figuring out a planting scheme and doing the landscape design. I did the basic design myself, with some additional touches suggested by the various landscapers that bid the project. I want to document some of the plans I came up with...
I started by measuring the whole yard, so I could make a to-scale drawing of the thing. I also wanted to be able to estimate things like fencing length, planting areas, etc, to help with estimating the costs. I used an ultra-sonic measure device, which was way easier to use than a long measuring tape, especially around all the weeds/hill/walls. Once I had all the basic measurements, including for the (existing) patio, I drew it up on graph paper, and made several copies.
The first plan I came up with looked like this:
|First Backyard Plan|
The next version of the plan reflects that I realized most things in nature don't grow in straight lines:
|Second plan - extending the dry river bed|
The third plan reduced the "lawn" even further:
|Third Plan - small lawn|
After talking with the landscapers, I added a few things to the plan:
|Final Plan - no colors|
|Final Plan - Electronic|