Soil type Aspect, orientation, contour Climate, micro climate Exposure Drainage / hydrology Budget Time for maintenance Topography /slopes Water table Existing uses and potential Planning and legal

Factors to survey Rainfall Temperature Wind direction /power Types / location of microclimates Longitude / latitude Distance from coast ( microclimate & frost) Light / shade Views ( good & bad)

Wind & frost pocket Wind protection Wall, fence, natural (plants) wind break

Frost protection Allowing flow of cold air Side of slope V bottom Planting late bloomers / hardy plants potential frost pocket