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Attracting Wildlife to Your Back
A Guide to Increasing Wildlife Diversity
and Aesthetic Value Around Your Home
2. Producing a
Drawing of the
As discussed earlier, a plan is the key
to a successful landscaping project. The backbone of your plan which
will be referenced many times throughout the upcoming years is a
You can make your own drawing with use of your
property plat map or you can have a landscaping company or local
engineer produce this product. The main thing to remember is that
the drawing is to scale. This will be important when you begin
adding vegetative components and other structures.
Begin drawing in existing features including
buildings, power lines, buried cables, septic tanks and drain
fields, trees, shrubs and other features.
Determine how much area you want to enhance,
remembering you may have to consider the family's need of playing
area, benches, walking paths or gardens.
Identify and map special conditions including shady
or sunny areas, low or poorly drained areas, and areas that will be
preserved as is.
The soil should also be tested to determine soil
type. This will determine which plants would be best suited for the
plot and how they should best be managed. The US Department of
Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is an
agency that can help in determining soil types.
a photo record of your backyard
Taking photographs from the beginning of your
project until the end is a great aid in monitoring progress
and a fun way to see changes that otherwise go unnoticed.
Choose photo points around the yard and keep these same
locations every time you want to capture the moment. Mark the
photos with dates for future reference.
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