Landscape Design Planning Checklist

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Written by: Sejal Nagjee

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Landscape design planning is an exciting time. Our backyard is more than space, it’s our own personal retreat.


Here are a few points to remember as you design your landscape.


The Importance of Irrigation Planning


One of the most critical components of landscape design planning for homeowners is irrigation planning.


From choosing the right placement and type of equipment to establishing how much water your landscape requires – proper irrigation is essential.


You’re spending time and money to make your landscape beautiful, so be sure it’s watered sufficiently neither over or under-watered.

In the summer in the UAE, it can be 40-50 degrees centigrade. It’s essential to water your plants and grass 3 to 4 times a day.


In winter, 2 to 3 times a day is sufficient depending on your plants.


One way to ensure your landscape is being watered sufficiently is to install an irrigation system.


Not only will this ensure it waters your garden on a schedule but it also reduces over-watering, which can cause sick plants and trees.


Plant A Herb Garden


Including a herb garden in your landscape design is an instant way to create a “happy space.”


Green Basil growing - Landscape design planning Basil is a great choice as it does well with hot climates.


In fact, I’ve never met an aromatic or savory culinary plant I didn’t love! There are many options to consider when deciding on a herb garden.


Whether you are looking to plant an ornamental, a medicinal, a windowsill, or a cook’s herb garden, you will be thrilled with the results.


One of the key elements of a thriving herb garden is timing. Be sure to plant them between October and May to enjoy the best fruits of your labor.


Mint, chili’s, aubergines, tomatoes, lemongrass, rosemary, basil, cauliflower, cabbage, okra, or watermelon all do excellent in these months.


Protect Your Outdoor Decor


Some of the most astonishing backyards include outdoor kitchens, dining areas, and living areas.


Enhance these areas with a splash of your personal style such as colorful rugs, cushions, and decorative throw pillows.


I suggest always storing your outdoor cushions when not in use. When continually left uncovered, mist and water condensation can collect on the cushions, which can lead to mildew.


Protect Your Pergolas


Chances are, your pergola serves to create a distinct outdoor space, such as a dining or living area.  Be sure to cover your pergola to make it waterproof so you can enjoy it all winter long.



Covering your pergola will protect your furniture from sandstorms, rain and water condensation.


Because it rains so infrequently in the UAE many homeowners overlook this.


Add Decor In Your Landscape Design Planning


You may not want to completely revamp your landscape but you can give it a refreshing makeover with a little effort.


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Consider buying new artifacts, furniture, potted plants, and firepots to get ready for the outdoor season.


New landscape decor not only looks great but it also allows you to inject some of your personal tastes into your outdoor space.


Milestone Landscaping


Whether you want a new outdoor dining area, an infinity pool with a nearby Pergola or an area to relax under the stars with proper planning, your dreams are attainable.


Best of all, you can plan your dream landscape within your budget!


If you are considering transforming your landscape, contact the design experts at Milestone.


Whether you know what you want or need a little inspiration, our team is here to help with your landscape design planning.



Sejal Nagjee


Sejal Nagjee, Milestone’s CEO and Creative Director is a gifted designer. Regardless of the project scale or scope, from homes and offices, hotels and restaurant, to gardens and exterior living spaces, her distinctive style injects a fresh and vibrant perspective to every living space. With over 30,000 hours of hands-on experience, across a wide breadth of interior and exterior design and build projects, Sejal has the skills, passion, resources and industry connections to get the job done on time!