How to Choose the Best Layout for Your Garden

There's no question that developing and planning for a garden consists of a long list of details and needed tasks. However, before the first seeds are planted, make sure selecting a garden layout is at the top of your list. Your garden layout and design play an important role in the success of your garden, affecting how well plants will grow based on these tips.

1. Time Management: Consider the overall size of your yard when selecting how big or small you want your garden. Also, make sure you have the proper quantity of plants and the amount of time to attain to your garden needs. If you're unsure what you're capable of maintaining, start small - you can always make additions.

2. Location: Select an area in your yard that receives direct sunlight and is level. When choosing a location and layout for your garden, avoid placing it next to tall structures or buildings that may block sunlight from reaching your plants or at the bottom of a hill or slope, which may drain excess water into your garden. If you have future plans of expanding your garden, make sure you choose a location and design that will allow you to do so.

3. Space: It's important to have knowledge about your plants to help you determine how much space they'll need to grow and where to place them in your garden. Some plants, like tomatoes, need to be staked and require plenty of room to grow where others, such as herbs, don't need as much space. Knowing about plant needs and maintenance will not only help you choose a suitable garden layout, it will also help you create an environment where your plants can thrive.


The Dirt from Troy-Bilt®, March/April 2014