Early Start for 2011
No, it is not too early to start thinking about spring! Making plans right now can save you from delays when spring finally arrives. All too often we stop thinking about our garden once the fall comes and then scramble once spring has sprung! There are things that we can think about ahead of time that will help us to prepare and maximize the amount of enjoyment we get from our garden next season.
Dream. Plan your landscape project for next year now. What a great time to make decisions about what you would like to accomplish next season. Take the time to think about how you use, or would like to use your landscape. Do you have a wish list for your yard? If not, consider how you would get more enjoyment from your yard and think about what you would need to make that happen. For instance, if you like to entertain a lot you might consider installing a bigger patio or deck to accommodate parties. Perhaps you simply have an existing garden bed that could use a makeover. Make a list so you can prioritize according to time and budget.
Research. Now is the perfect time to do some research. See what materials are available and get a feel for what you like. There are many resources available that can help you out. Whether you look through some magazines, browse the internet, or simply take a walk through your neighbourhood to see what others are doing, this will help you to get a sense of what you like and what you don’t like.
Design. This is your opportunity to get specific. Take measurements of your yard and make a scaled plan of what you would like your landscape to look like. By putting everything on paper you will be less apt to make mistakes which can be costly and time consuming. If you need some help with this step, consider contacting Rockcliffe Landscaping to book an appointment with a landscape designer. A landscape designer can work with you to make sure that you get the most out of your landscape.
Budget. Once you have your design finalized, you are now ready to get an estimate which will allow you to budget for, and prioritize your landscape projects. You may have gotten an idea about cost during the research stage, but a plan will allow you to obtain a more accurate idea concerning expense.
Get a head start. You may be able to get a head start on your spring projects now. If you know what you have planned for next season early enough, you may be able to do some advance preparation. This will allow you to dive right in, so that you can complete your spring project more quickly and avoid delays that may arise in a busy spring. For instance, if you know that you would like to completely makeover an overgrown garden bed, consider removing the existing plant material and amend the soil now so that it’s all set to go when spring rolls around.
Why wait until the last minute to consider plans for your outdoor sanctuary. This is a great time of the year to think ahead, so that you can take the time to carefully plan and consider what you would really like from your landscape. Don’t wait until the spring to make decisions as you may be so anxious to get started that you rush the planning process which is essential to ensure that you end up with a final landscape that works for you and that you can fully enjoy.