Originally Posted by djmarler
Any tips on how to use excel for this effort?
Resize the columns and rows to form a grid. Each square can be 1 foot. Click-drag to outline a area that represents something in your yard; driveway, sidewalk, yard, etc.
Insert > Picture > Clip Art to drop things like trees, spiders, lights, etc.
Personally I use Power Point to make my plan (in my album). Not exactly to scale, but close enough to keep me focused.