Measure First, Then Plant

Erin Conant

You have heard the old saying “measure twice, cut once”.  Well, this is appropriate for your landscape too. If you’ve taken advantage of any of our WaterSaver Landscape Coupon programs, you know that landscaping is hard work.

Settling on a design, clearing away existing grass and simply figuring out how each bed will meet the 200-square-foot requirement can be more challenging than expected. And because you have a great deal of freedom to decide how to complete the first two tasks, here are a few tips to help you define the square footage.

Start with conventional items — measuring wheels and measuring tapes are the obvious tools. Even if you don’t have one, you can easily pick one up at any dollar store, grocery store or home improvement store. These items are perfect for measuring potential bed areas that are more symmetrical.

If necessary, get creative. Your watering hose or outdoor extension cords come in pre-defined lengths of 25, 50 or 100 feet. Take advantage of this convenience and use one as a flexible tool for measuring. This is especially helpful for measuring circular beds.

Still having trouble? There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Ask a neighbor, hire a landscaper or check out our how-to videos for removing grass, as well as selecting healthy plants and proper planting.

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