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Let's make you look good.

You don't need to be a professional in order to design your dream yard. Just a little help from us, and you can add the beauty to your home that you have always wanted.

At this stage, you are the artist ready to turn your yard into a work of art. All you need is to find the right "medium" that suits your needs. If you haven't picked out your trees yet or you need help picking the right trees, check out our resource "Choosing Your Tree."

Once you have chosen from our many categories of trees to add to your property, you can start designing!

Step 1: Decide on Tree Placement

illustration depicting tree placement

Once you’ve decided what trees you want, you will need to figure out where to put them in your yard. The best way to do this process is to stand in your yard, where you can see what everything will look like. First, you need to identify the goals you want to accomplish in your yard. Figure out if sunlight or wind causes a problem in a certain area. Decide on how you would like your “art” featured, whether outside your window or just beyond your patio.

Here are a few basic tips that can help you:

Tree Size Spacing plant massings Minimum spacing from wall of 1-story building Minimum spacing from corner of 1-story building
Small trees (30' or less) 6-15' 8-10' 6-8'
Medium trees (30-70') 30-40' 15' 12'
Large trees (70' or more) 40-50' 20' 15'

Step 2: Draw out a Layout

image of graph paper with drawing

Now that you have you have an idea of what trees you want and where you want to put them, let's draw out a layout. Tip: Graph paper and/or a ruler could be very useful for this process. It can help you more accurately record measurements or draw lines.

First, draw out the boundaries for you property. If you have your plat of survey of your house available, that would be very helpful in developing the layout. This will give you the exact measurements of the lot and structures on your property. If you do not have your plat of survey available, you will need to use a long tape measure to measure your lot and structures, or count the number of steps or paces you take, to find the length of each boundary line. The measurements do not need to be exact, but it is helpful to have your best estimation. With your graph paper, you can mark one box as being one square foot, or one pace.

Next, include your house and other structures within your property. Also, make sure to note any shrubs, gardens or other yard details that you may have.