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Composer

Great article with sound advice! The only point I would caution on is #3 plant selection. Make sure that your landscape designer sees plants as more than "plant material" or "soft infill" - many landscape designers, at least in the U.S., have great hardscape skills but not extensive plant knowledge. Sometimes a garden designer (there is a difference) can help guide more interesting plant choices that suit both the client's personal tastes and budget.

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crazyhearts

There is solid advice here! May I add one more tip? If there are children, maybe consider an area for them such as an in-ground trampoline, well place swing/slide set up with plantings to settle it into the landscape, a table, chairs, lounging area and a climbing wall??? ☺️

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Kathleen Marineau

Our established yard came with a 20+ year old black walnut tree. It is the swing set, pull-up bar and with the addition of a few cleats, the climbing tree for our grandchildren. This fall I pruned a few branches off a 6 yr old plum, helped granddaughter #3 select some scrap wood and it is now a meditating platform, with plans to be a hiding spot come summer. The roof of the chicken coop became a reading spot this summer when 3 of our granddaughters were here.

We thought about buying a swing set, decided trips to a local park with Grandpa worked better.

I'd rather landscape with the idea of making destinations within the yard by using sturdy trees and tolerating the not-so-put-together look of children inventing their own play areas.

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