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How to plan for spring gardening

Mar 2, 2015 3:36:25 PM

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McKay Staff

in Problem Solvers Gardening 101 How-to Guide

Planning for Spring

The best time of the year to sit down and go over landscaping ideas is in the wintertime. There are many advantages of planning in the winter.

  • Since the window for planting is short, it is important to have a design in place and ready to go before the busy spring season is upon us so the homeowners can start enjoying their new space right away.
  • Another advantage of planning is gaining an understanding of the size of the space. A common mistake homeowners make is forgetting to compensate for how large a plant or tree will grow and plant them too close together. Crowding then becomes a problem. Having the right plant in the right space is crucial to a healthy, vibrant landscape.
  • It is also very important to know how you are going to use the space. Like any project, a landscape design should start with a goal. What do you want your landscape to provide? A shady spot for enjoying morning coffee? A living fence to block a poor view? A new sidewalk approach to the front door? It is imperative to design in advance for the greatest results.
  • Planning out drainage and the slope are more key elements to have in place prior to installing plant material.
  • It is essential to establish budgets to know what the boundaries are.
  • Extending your living space to the outdoors of your home increases property value. A well-planned landscape may add up to 15% to the value of your home. Doing it correct is critical.
  • Design Professionals have more time in the winter to spend with you, the homeowners, and ultimately get that dynamite design to improve your outdoor living space.

Winter is the BEST time to work out the planning details of a spring or summer landscape project. Even though we cannot plant or do landscape construction work outside right now this is the perfect time to work on the design and get all the details just right. There are only so many hours in the day, and when spring comes everyone calls, thinking time to start the landscape planning process, so get started today by calling your McKay Design Professional. Remember planning is the key to any successful landscape.

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