Designing your landscape isn't rocket science, but there is a method to the madness. "What's the problem with planting without a plan?" There are many things that could go wrong, such as overlooking the mature size of plants which often leads to overcrowding, plants too close to structures, and large plants smothering smaller plants.
With a plan, you can maximize your space by pairing complimentary things in the landscape, like your lounging space under a future shade tree. One other huge benefit to a landscape plan is creating a space that is easy to maintain. That alone is enough reason for most people to take the time for a landscape plan.
When designing your landscape, here are 5 steps to follow: