It is important as well to determine which elements you would like to see in your finished landscape. If there are parts of your existing yard you would like to keep, be sure to note their location on your sketch. If you wish to remove certain elements, like dead trees or bushes that have seen better days, note that as well. Note also any new elements you wish to introduce. If you want to add additional shrubs, or a flower bed, be sure to draw its approximate location on your map of the finished landscape. If the mailbox, driveway or other parts of the home exterior are to be landscaped, be sure to note that as well. Try to provide as much information as possible, since this sketch will serve as your guide.
The sketch of the finished landscape can also serve as a valuable tool while you shop. Knowing exactly what elements you need, and do not need, will make it much easier to avoid the temptation to buy too much for the space you have available. In this case, the landscape plan can help save your budget as well as your yard.