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GLT's Grow: 7 Steps Of DIY Landscape Design

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You can randomly stick some plants in the ground and call it a garden, but you can't call it a design.  Planning and designing a yard is not just for the pros. Grow host Patrick Murphy has seven steps to a well-designed garden that will be the envy of your neighborhood.

*Measure your yard and put that on paper or into a garden plan app.

*Designate public and private areas.

*Record traffic patterns around your yard.

*Keep in mind the various views.

*Organize areas within traffic patterns.

*Refine areas by considering areas for planting or construction.

*Pick out your plants!

Reporter, content producer and former All Things Considered host, Laura Kennedy is a native of the Midwest who occasionally affects an English accent just for the heck of it. Related to two U.S. presidents, Kennedy appalled her family by going into show business.