We Plan, You Plant is a design service offered by New Garden Landscaping & Nursery to assist you with the design and layout of your home landscaping projects. Appointments are available in spring and fall. This page contains information to help you prepare for your appointment with our We Plan, You Plant designer, plus an online scheduler you can use to set up your own WPYP appointment.
Your We Plan, You Plant appointment will be at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery's New Garden Gazebo location. New Garden Landscaping & Nursery will devote one hour of consultation and design time with our We Plan, You Plant designer for you. This is sufficient time to plan a specific area, such as a front foundation or island bed, and costs $60 (includes tax). For more extensive areas that you would like to plant yourself, we recommend breaking a project into smaller areas and scheduling a WPYP for each one separately.
If you decide you need help installing all or part of your project, even after your WPYP consultation, we can help!
Let us show you how easy it can be to turn your landscaping dreams into reality!
We Plan, You Plant Scheduler
Before your 'We Plan, You Plant' appointment...
Gather Your Materials
Take photos and measurements of existing bed areas and structures to bring to your appointment. You'll find a list of the information you'll need on the pre-appointment worksheet. If your home's plot plan is available bring that also.
Tips for Great Results with your We Plan, You Plan Design
SHAPE THE NEW PLANTING BED
Use a garden hose to lay out the shape of a free-form bed; use a tape measure and a straight edge, such as a piece of lumber, for formal straight-line bed. Then spray paint the bed outline (Be sure to use a paint can that will spray in an upside-down position). Tip: Avoid creating hard to mow corners.
Call ULOCO at 800-632-4949 or use their online form to locate any underground phone or internet cables, electrical wires, or gas lines. This is a free service.
CLEAR OUT THE BED AREA
Remove grass and relocate any unwanted plants in the new bed area.
TILL THE PLANTING AREA AND ADD SOIL AMENDMENTS
For groundcovers and natural areas, till at least 4" deep. For shrubs and seasonal color beds, till at least 8" deep. Edge the bed with a sharp spade by trenching 3" deep around the outside (do not till beneath shallow-rooted plants such as dogwoods or Japanese maples.)
Once soil is loosened, till in soil amendments. For very heavy clay, add four 2 cu. ft. bags of soil conditioner per 100 sq. ft. of bed. For average soil, add two or three bags. For excellent soil, add one or two bags.
(printable bed prep instructions)
LOCATE AND SPACE PLANTS
Before planting, place all plants in the bed. Use the We Plan, You Plant plan as a general guide. Adapt the exact location and number of plants to suit your vision of the planting.
Remember that the recommended spacing is based on the plants' horticultural requirements and mature size under good conditions.
PREPARE SOIL AND INSTALL PLANTS
Prepare the soil and install the plants according to the design and information you received during your session with our designer. Here are watering and maintenance calendar guides to help you care for your plants.
Follow the recommendations provided in your plan. General guidelines are:
One bale of pine straw for each 35 sq. ft. of bed. This will normally cover a 5'x7' area 3" deep. (try our Pine Straw Calculator)
One 2 cu. ft. bag of wood mulch (shredded hardwood, mini nugget or big nugget) for each 144 sq ft. of bed. This will normally cover a 12'x12' area 2" deep.
(printable mulching instructions)