Measuring Your garden

“The more accurate the measurements the more detailed the design” so let us know about everything in the garden.

Step One

Measuring your garden

The only tools you will need are a long tape measure and some plain paper. If your garden slopes, have ready a long, straight piece of wood, a few pieces of timber to use as pegs and a spirit level.

Before starting the measuring locate which way is ‘North’ from your house and mark it with an arrow on your Graph paper. It’s a good idea to have a ruler and a couple of pencils. And as you will be outside a board to set your paper on with a bulldog clip so the paper does not blow away.

Step Two

Plotting the perimeter

It’s easy to measure the size garden space we have to work in. In our example we have measured our garden in centimetres. If you prefer to measure yours in feet and inches, don’t worry we can use that.

The house walls will be straight, but the fence may not be so it’s best to take some measurements from both ends of the wall to the end of the end of the fence. 

Measure the house wall and mark its length. Do this along each wall that is in the garden.

Then take a measurement from one end of the house wall to the corner of the garden. Mark and record it as the first length. Its best to use the longest wall that is towards the garden ‘cos the longer the wall the more accurate your measured triangle will be.

Then measure from the other end of the wall to the same corner. Mark and record this as the second length.

You now have a triangle with their measurements.

Repeat this procedure from the same points of the house wall to each corner of the garden. If the fence is not straight, take the same double measurement to each junction. This will then give us the precise diagram of the garden.

Now we need to know where any retained buildings are, such as the shed or greenhouse. Just repeat the same triangular measurements as you did for the garden perimeter, again from the same points of the house wall.

Do likewise for any trees that you want to keep in the garden. Measure to the tree trunk to give us the position of the tree. 

We then need to mark the diameter of the tree canopy. Walk under the tree and stop when you are standing beneath the outer branches of the tree canopy. Measure from where you are standing to the tree trunk.

Don’t forget. Send us as many photos as you wish. We will then see its surroundings and give us a “Feel” of the garden.

Step Three

Measuring a slope

If your garden slopes you will need to let us have the measurement of how far the garden slopes.

To do this you will need a long, straight plank or piece of wood, some bricks or short pieces of wood to you can prop the plank up to make it level. Plus, a straight edge to check the levels.

Place the plank on the ground by the house and pull it up level with the straight edge on its top and prop the end up. Then measure from the top of the plank to the ground. 

If you need to go further, leave the prop in place and move the plank along and set it on the prop. Then start again repeating the process. Repeat the process down the garden.

 If the garden slopes upwards start at the lowest point and repeat the process.

If this seems to be a bit daunting, use our survey service; its sometimes the best way in the long run.