ACS Distance Education UK
You don’t have to be an artist or to have good drawing skills to do a serviceable, easily interpreted landscape drawing. What you do need is attention to detail, consistency (so that the same symbol means the same thing each time it is used), enough imagination to be able to visualise the garden you are planning, and the ability to produce a clear, simple diagram.
Most new home owners probably can’t have everything they want in a garden immediately, so they will need to decide what the priorities are:
Planting too close to the house can produce shade which makes the house feel colder in winter. It will, however make it feel cooler in summer.
These can cause a number of problems. Deciduous trees will drop leaves which can block drains and gutters resulting in extra maintenance. If they are planted too close to patios or houses, their roots can disrupt foundations and crack underground drains. They may also be prone to collapse in stormy conditions resulting in destruction to your property.
It is not just piles of logs or garden clippings that can attract wood boring insects and termites. They also find railway sleepers, wooden pergolas and decks highly desirable. You will need to check for pest insects regularly if you are using timber of any description to blend your house and garden.
If you allow vegetation to grow too dense it may attract potential garden pests, such as mice or rats. Wasps and bees may build their nests there and end up inside your home.
Structures that are built close to the house will need sufficient drainage to avoid complications with wet rot and rising damp. Adequate ventilation will also be necessary to reduce the risk of fungal diseases on plants and timber. Where drains are exposed they need to be covered to prevent them from turning into rat runs.
Avoid plants that create problems.
eg. some plants such as Hibiscus attract scale insects or aphids which in turn attract ants. If the branches are too close to windows then the ants may invade the house.
20 hour short course