Different plants need different sunlight and when you invest your time and money in garden you should think about that. If you want to succeed in your garden endeavors, you are going to need to know where you have sun and where you don’t.
Some plants need full sun or at least 6 hours ,the others plants need partial sun or partial shade or between 3 and 6 hours of direct sun daily and there are also some plants that want shade or less than 1 hours direct sun .
With sun mapping you’ll know exactly where you should put each plant.
There is a way for you to do it yourself with just some graphing paper, some colored pencils, and your time.
First, you’ll need to draw a fairly accurate depiction of your yard. Be sure to include any structures, including your house or garage, and trees that are going to shed shade over the area at any point because that’s going to be important. Before you begin to sun map, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind.
- If you’re mapping in the spring, you may want to wait until the trees have all of their leaves on before you map.
- The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, which means that your sun and shade are going to be moving from east to west.
- Pump houses and other structures are going to cast shadows, as will trees.
- Shade moves clockwise
- It’s best to do once in the summer when the days are long, and once in the early spring when the days are shorter.
Draw a line on your map that shows where the sun starts and record the time on your map.
Some people like to sun map the garden every hour and some only do it a few times throughout the day.
The next time you go out, use a different color pencil to draw another sun line, and also shade any areas that are now shaded. Repeat this process few times in the day. By the end of the day, you’ll have a pretty good depiction of what parts of your yard get how much sun. Be sure to mark the time that your garden or yard is completely shaded.
Once you know how much sunlight your garden gets, the list of what you can grow has been narrowed down for you.