Landscape Planning Questions


Questions To Ask When Planning Your Landscaping Project

When planning out any garden or landscaping project, it’s important to step back and determine your needs before you begin. Any garden can be beautiful, but if it doesn’t work for your yard, needs, and realistic maintenance schedule, your project could become an expensive regret. Here are a few questions to ask when thinking about your landscape needs:

1.    Consider your existing landscaping.

What do you like most about your yard?

What do you like least?

What do you want to change the most?

2.    What’s on your checklist?

What existing landscape will remain?

How long are you staying in your home?

Do you want to create privacy?

Do you have pest issues?

What is your soil like?

Will your new landscaping need to block wind?

Where do the utility lines run in your yard?

What is your completion date goal?

3.    Now the fun part – design!

What type of activities do you do in your yard?

What special elements do you want?

  • Specialty gardens
  • Patio
  • Deck
  • Lawn area
  • Lighting
  • Water feature
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Fire pit

4.    Maintenance

Who will maintain the space?

What is an acceptable number of hours per week to spend on maintenance?

5.    Design mood

How do you want to feel when you enter your outdoor space?

  • Private
  • Casual
  • Whimsical
  • Woodland
  • Serene
  • Symmetrical
  • Open
  • Rustic
  • Sheltered
  • Practical
  • Natural


Of course, two of the most important factors to determine are the type of plants you’ll use and the cost of your project. That’s where a professional landscaping contractor can help. At McDonough Landscaping, we have the experience and knowledge to help you choose the plants that will fit into your maintenance routine and we can help you plan your project to fit within your budget. Contact us today to get started on your plan so you can enjoy your beautiful new yard all summer long!

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