Landscaping from Scratch: Best Way to Start

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Encountering challenges in initiating a landscaping project without prior experience? Presented herein are meticulously structured step directives designed to start your landscaping endeavor optimally, catering to novices and beginners alike. Within this discourse, a comprehensive walk-through delineates sequential phases on starting a landscape.


Gather garden and landscaping inspiration photos


If you're uncertain about how to begin, your initial step should involve visiting a website where you can begin the process of assembling photos of landscapes that resonate with your preferences. Websites such as and serve as excellent choices for this purpose.


Determine your garden style


As you begin the process of selecting photos that resonate with your taste, you'll gradually discern the particular style that appeals to you. The act of amassing these images essentially constitutes the curation of your garden's style, whether it leans towards an informal, highly formal, modern, cottage-like, or an intermediate aesthetic. 


What's noteworthy about identifying your garden style is that it opens the door to the utilization of specific plants, materials, and features that can accentuate and emphasize your chosen style. This significantly streamlines the decision-making process, reducing the cognitive burden on your part.


Create a scale plan (drawing) of your landscape


Following the curation of images and the identification of your preferred garden style, the subsequent imperative involves the measurement and graphical representation of your yard, a process commonly referred to as creating a scale plan.


To effectively strategize your garden design, understanding the precise dimensions of your outdoor space is crucial, as it influences the selection of appropriate plant species and materials. Frequently, individuals mistakenly assume that their yard is a straightforward rectangular or square configuration. However, upon meticulous examination through a scale plan, they often discover asymmetrical nuances, extended dimensions on one side, or inconspicuous protrusions in certain areas, previously overlooked. These intricacies may remain elusive without the aid of a formal drawing.


How to measure and draw your yard to scale


Initiate the creation of your scale plan by measuring the boundaries of your property and recording these measurements on a sheet of paper. A practical tool for this purpose is a fiber tape reel, which functions as an elongated, flexible measuring tape capable of assessing considerable distances accurately.


Create a garden wish list


Once you've conceptualized the general layout of your yard and have notated any factors or characteristics that might impact your landscaping scheme, you're now prepared to dive into the enjoyable part of the process. Hooray! Begin the exciting task of formulating an inventory list outlining the elements you desire for your garden. Your wish list can encompass a wide array of features and items you envision in your outdoor space.


Draw out some designs on your scale plan


With all the measurements, site inventory data, and your list of desired elements in hand, you can commence the process of translating your ideas onto paper.


Wrapping Up


In this blog post, we've traversed the journey from the initial stages of commencing a landscaping project from scratch, where one might have felt utterly daunted by the prospect of initiating the endeavor, all the way to a straightforward step-by-step process aimed at transforming your dream landscape into a tangible reality.

Comments (4)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Tamra. For me, The best way to start a landscaping project is to hire a landscape architect. I know what I like but not the creativity to put it together. Enjoy your day.

Oct 31, 2023 04:17 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

Good Morning! I enjoy doing things like this, but only as far as my own home, when it comes to the assets that I manage I hire professionals. 

Oct 31, 2023 05:34 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Oct 31, 2023 04:30 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

Good Morning, Have a Super Day Ahead. 

Oct 31, 2023 05:34 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Tamra, great garden tips!!!

Identifying your garden style opens the door to the utilization of specific plants, materials, and features that can accentuate and emphasize your chosen style

Oct 31, 2023 04:52 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

Good Morning. Thank you! Have a great day!

Oct 31, 2023 05:35 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week! 

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Oct 31, 2023 05:39 AM