Design and planning should be undertaken at the very beginning of the project to ensure the end result meets the needs of the user.
Points to consider include:
It is always good practice to draw out a design of the garden area along with measurements. Including plants in the design can minimise the chance of overcrowding or planting trees that will end up growing too large for the space.
When covering existing soil or building raised beds it is necessary to clear existing vegetation and break up the ground underneath. This will give larger plants increased growing room for their roots and will stop water build up in periods of heavy rain. If the area is heavily infested with weeds, take measures such as removing by hand or spraying with Glyphosate weed spray.