Measuring Your garden
“The more accurate the measurements the more detailed the design” so let us know about everything that will be retained in the 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.
Plotting the perimeter
It’s easy to measure the size and shape of the garden space. In our example we have measured our garden in centimetres. If you prefer to measure yours in feet and inches that’s fine.
Draw the shape of the house to the garden and mark the direction of ‘North’ by drawing an arrow on the drawing.
Measure from the bottom of the door threshold to the ground and mark it on the paper.
Then measure the first house wall that faces the garden and mark its length. Do this along each wall that is facing into the garden.
Then take a measurement from one end of the house wall to the first corner of the garden. Mark and record it as the first length. Its best to use the longest house wall that is facing the garden ‘cos the longer the wall the more accurate your measured triangle will be.
Then measure from the other end of the house wall to the same corner of the garden. Mark and record this as the second length.
You now have a triangle with their measurements.
Repeat this procedure from the end of the house walls to each corner of the garden. If when you look from a house wall end you can’t set the tape in a straight line to a garden corner, use a different house wall. As long as you complete a triangle to each corner, it will be fine. If the fence is not straight, take the same triangular measurement to each junction. This will then give us the precise diagram of the garden.
Now we need to know where any retained structures are, such as a shed or greenhouse. Just repeat the same triangular measurements as you did for the garden perimeter, again from a house wall to the ends of the structure. If you cannot see the rear side of the structure measure the length of the structure and mark it on the plan.
Do likewise for any trees that you want to keep in the garden. Measure from a house wall 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.
It sounds a lot but not really if you follow each step. Don’t forget. Send us as many photos as you can. We will then see the surroundings that will give us a “Feel” of the garden.
Don’t forget if it’s a bit daunting book the survey option under Optional Extras and one of our will survey the garden for you.
Measuring a slope
If your garden slopes you will need to let us have the measurement of how far the garden slopes up or down.
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 using 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, up or down the garden.
If the garden slopes upwards start at the highest point and repeat the process towards the lowest part of the garden. Mark the measurements on the paper.
If this seems to be a bit daunting, use our survey service; its sometimes the best way in the long run.