Plan and Prepare

Step 1: Plan Your Landscape

Plan the Landscape You’ve Always Wanted

The Denton County Master Gardeners have created the Gardening Basics series to help you start and also move forward on a broad range of topics. Each of our guides provides you with quick, easy-to-implement information so you can take action right away. We will continue to create additional documents on familiar and new topics.
A raised bed garden built to a height of three feet and surrounded by a walkway to better accommodate gardeners in wheelchairs or who have a difficult time bending over.

Accessible Gardens

Accessible gardens are designed to eliminate barriers, allowing people of all ages and abilities to come together to garden. Our Gardening Basic guides will help you design and plan a garden everyone can enjoy.

A young man harvesting a tomato from a children's garden. Children's gardens are designed to provide important learning experiences and fun for children.

Children's Gardens

Children’s gardens offer safe, hands-on experiences that encourage children to learn to enjoy gardening and stimulate their imaginations. Check out our Gardening Basic guides to help you plan and design gardens children will adore.

A woman holding a seedling in her hands. Earth-kind gardens take into account many factors and are designed to lower potentially harmful impacts.

Earth-Kind® Landscapes

Earth-Kind® Landscaping combines the best of organic and traditional gardening and landscaping principles to create sustainable and eco-friendly landscapes. These guides from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will help you get started.

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PDF iconEarth-wise Guide to Landscape Design (AgriLife)

PDF iconLandscape Design (AgriLife)

An array of vegetables from an edible garden. Edible gardens are planned around vegetables, herbs, and fruits that can be consumed.

Edible Gardens

Our Gardening Basics guides will help you “harvest” all the benefits of growing your own food – saving money, improving your health, reducing your carbon footprint, and more.

Planting Schedules

Timing for planting vegetable seeds and transplants in North Texas can bring you more success in your gardening.

Recommended Planting Dates for North Texas for Spring/Summer/Fall (Source: AgriLife)

Spring Planting Guide for Vegetable Crops (Source: AgriLife)

Fall Direct Seeding Guide (Source: AgriLife)

Vegetable Garden Planting Guide (Marshall Grain Company)

Grass and shrubs burning in a wildfire. Careful plant and shrub choices help mitigate the flammability of landscapes surrounding homes and other important areas.

Fire-Wise Landscapes

A Firewise landscape design creates a defensible space around your home to give it the best chance of surviving a wildfire. Learn how to plan a Firewise landscape using our Gardening Basics guide.

A bee on a flowering echinacea in a pollinator garden. Pollinator gardens are designed to attract more pollinating insects and make an important contribution to the urban ecosystem.

Pollinator Gardens

Pollinator gardens are not only beautiful, but they also attract pollinating insects with nectar and pollen-producing plants. Learn how to plan and design a pollinator garden in your landscape with our Gardening Basics guide.

Photo of lush foliage and flowers in shade garden.

Shade Gardens

Do you struggle to grow a lush lawn under shade trees? Many beautiful plants grow well in shade in North Texas. Check out these guides to help you solve that problem with a shade garden.

A series of containers with various flowers and shrubs mixed into each. Container gardening works well in small spaces and is water efficient.

Small Space & Container Gardens

Don’t let a lack of space keep you from having a wonderful garden. Our Gardening Basics guide will help you learn to get the most out of the space you have to grow plants for color and food.

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A drip irrigation emitter positioned above a flowering ice plant. Drip irrigation systems help gardens use significantly less water by more precisely apply it to thirty plants.

Waterwise Landscapes

Waterwise landscaping conserves water and protects the environment. Learn methods for implementing these best-practices from our Gardening Basics guides.

A yellow finch perched on a cone flower as part of a wildlife garden, a type of garden designed to attract animals and birds.

Wildlife Gardens

A wildscape landscape is designed with the primary purpose of attracting and supporting wildlife. Our Gardening Basics guides will help you learn to choose the right plants for a wildlife habitat.

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