List your needs. Observe and consult each family member and consider them in your plans. These needs may include a driveway and turnaround space, off-street parking, play space for children, an outdoor living area, a vegetable garden, privacy from certain areas, windbreaks, etc. There are usually several ways of satisfying every need, and you must decide on the most appropriate one for you. The most satisfying landscapes are both practical and beautiful.
Landscape needs can also include service areas for composting leaves and other yard debris, native habitat areas that provide food and shelter for wildlife, while preserving valuable natural resources. These needs may also focus on energy conservation and reduced maintenance.