August 2, 2019

#design

Your first design

Measure

You want to start with measuring out your landscape. Ecogarden uses feet for measurements. It might be good to start with a small part of the landscape, maybe just a garden bed to start with. Large landscapes you can use mapping software like Google Maps to figure out your landscape sizes. Smaller landscapes you can use a tape measure, your feet or a hose.

Groundcovers

Starting with the base layer of a groundcover. This includes lawn grass, mulch, and other low groundcover plants.

Groundcovers - Stage 1 Image
Groundcovers - Stage 1 Image

Plants

Plants - Stage 2 Image
Plants - Stage 2 Image

Now you can start adding other layers of plants. You should consider plant spacing, layers, and aesthetics.

Plants - Stage 3 Image
Plants - Stage 3 Image

Consider adding plants in odd numbers. This reduces the symmetry between two plants and allows it to look more natural.

Structures

Structures allow you some options to add different structural elements to your landscape. This can include table and chairs or a house.

Structures - Stage 4 Image
Structures - Stage 4 Image

You can design more complex designs by modifying the structure elements.

Saving your design

Saving - Stage 5 Image
Saving - Stage 5 Image

You can save your design using the Settings page.

Sharing your design

Designs can be saved as images. To download an image, go to the Settings option. Ecogarden encourages you to share your designs to get feedback. Share your design with Ecogarden on @EcogardenDesign. Have any questions or feedback about creating your first garden we’d love to hear about it. @EcogardenDesign

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Dave Lage - Founder - Ecogarden Design
Occasional ecological landscaping information, landscape designs, and how-to guides.