Many factors influence how you should plan your home landscape. Some of the most important are ones you have very little control over. Use the checklists below to evaluate your yard's climate conditions and general terrain.
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Consider how the path of the sunchanges from season to season when planning for outdoor living areas.
- Shade. There are several degrees of shade, from light to dense. Light shade is the brightest; densely shaded areas receive little sun. An area of partial shade receives about four hours of sun per day, either directly or indirectly. On the base map, mark the areads of sun and shade along with the amount of sun each receives throughout the day, particularly in the afternoon. Repeat this procedure during each season and note the changing angles of sun (see illustration above).