- Graph Paper (or Plain Paper and T-Square)
- Clear Plastic Ruler
- Pen for Final Plan
Step 1: Draw the House Doors and Windows
Start at the bottom left-hand corner of your page and draw on the house wall, showing the position of doors and windows.
Step 2: Position the Boundaries
If your yard is either square or rectangular, draw to scale the left- and right-hand boundaries at 90 degrees to the house wall, and connect them.
Step 3: Add Trees and Major Plantings
Using the measurements you took from the house and boundaries, draw on trees and large plants, including their canopies.
Step 4: Plot All Other Features
Carefully draw on patios, pools, paths, garages, and outbuildings, regardless of whether you intend to keep them.
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For a straight-sided rectangular or square yard, measure the boundaries and diagonals, plus the position of garden features, such as large plants and trees. HGTVGardens shows you how.