When designing a garden or lawn, there are several important steps to take during the planning phase. Ensuring goals are set prior to purchasing the materials like plants and stones will result in a much more appealing garden.

Here are a few basic steps to consider before you begin a landscaping project, from a landscape design expert.

Main Use of the Area

The first decision which must be made is what will be the main use of the area. For some people, they may want to use their area to host large parties and have people over. Other people may wish to create a garden with the goal of growing fruits and vegetables.

Once the goal has been established, the layout can be determined. For a “backyard party” area, typically square-shaped sections are used. When designing for a garden, a curvy layout is more often employed.

The layout will also determine paths and other accessibility questions. For example, if the main purpose of the area is for gardening, the owner will need to consider creating paths which are wide enough to allow a wheelbarrow to pass.

Site Analysis

Another step will be to perform a site analysis. This will involve looking at the different features of the area. It is important to consider the amount of sunlight in different sections as well as the wind and the rain.

After these different factors have been evaluated, the different plants can be picked and installed so that they receive an adequate amount of sunlight and are able to withstand the wind which they may face.


Once the different areas have been mapped out, it’s time to think deeper about the aesthetics. One of the things that a designer would want to consider is the color. Complimentary colors create a soothing space that is pleasing to the eye. Using the information from the site analysis and a list of plants which fit each area, colorful plants can create a very visually appealing look.

Communicating Before Installation Begins

By now the design has been determined and installation is almost ready. Before the actual process begins, remember that communication is key.

Having all stakeholders aware of the budget and timeline is crucial. It’s a good idea to organize meetings to talk about possible problems before they may arise. For example, communicating days or weeks when work cannot be performed is something that, if discussed early in the project, can be worked around. But if it is not communicated it can be costly and lead to delays in the delivery of the project.

Also, conducting site visits before the project starts can help ensure there are no issues related to accessibility and machines reaching the site. Particularly when doing backyard residential work, sometimes the machines needed to perform the landscaping cannot fit between the two houses. This can be avoided by a simple site visit.

In conclusion, when designing and installing a landscape project, several decisions must be made before the work can commence and communication is key to ensuring success. Keeping all parties involved aware of the task will lead to minimal unexpected costs.

To get started with your own landscaping project, Sinacori Landscaping is here to help. We provide landscape design, installation, and maintenance services in the southeast Michigan area. Give us a call today.