Now that your garden design survey is complete go ahead and make some copies. You’ll use your survey drawing in order to organise the information from the site analysis that you are about to undertake next.  Do remember not to work on the original copy of your survey.

Based on your survey you now know where all your existing garden elements are located. Moving onto your analysis will enable you to make decisions and judgements about your future garden, underpinning the success of your new design.


Existing Plants

All trees and large shrubs within your garden should be recorded and marked on your survey. If possible note the species, height, width and the condition of the trees.

Judge whether some existing plants need to be removed or, if possible, transplanted. Remember that trees provide essential shape and possible protection from prevailing winds. If your palnats are causing shade or are in shade may influence your decision to keep or remove certain existing plants. Take note of any trees in adjacent properties, as this can also influence the shade and climate patterns within your plot.

Tip: This is important; If you have any doubt about the health or safety of a tree or trees you should immediately employ the services of an arboriculturist.

Existing planting schemes should be examined as to their condition and their aesthetic value to you. In other words, are they in good condition and do they appear attractive? Answering this question will make it easier for you to decide to dig them up or to keep them and incorporate them into your new design.


Naturally Occurring Elements and Features.

This includes the house orientation, land-form, soil condition, rainfall pattern, prevailing wind direction and any existing micro-climate, which are discussed in the following pages.