Spring is in the process of springing and our thoughts begin to turn toward the outdoors. Then we walk out of the house and are like, “boy I would like to change this about my yard or I would like to add that to my yard.” This may well be the opportunity for you to do that.
But you do need to do a bit of planning first. You just can’t rush to Lowe’s or Home Depot with a bundle of cash and start buying everything in sight. So let me outline a few guidelines for you.
- Set your goals. Develop your “wish list” of everything you “wish” to do to your landscaping. Build a portfolio with photo examples of what you want to try to achieve. Add a copy of your survey map for your home. It is important not to encroach on any property lines.
- What is your style? Creating an outdoor space should encompass a larger ecosystem and using native plants will support local pollinators and wildlife.
- Decide on professional help. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, consider the advice of a professional landscaper. They will know how to adhere to a budget, what plants to put in or remove if they are harmful. And might have some ideas you didn’t think about.
- Assessment. What is the current condition of your property? Walking your yard with a professional will be valuable. They account for sun, shade, location, water availability or runoff and looking at what the landscape wants to be.
- Plant selection. You will need to choose and group the right plants together. Outdoor spaces should be a sanctuary and attract the things you enjoy like birds, butterflies and maybe hummingbirds. A professional can introduce you to plants that might not be used traditionally or are native to your area.
- Master Plan. Landscaping is a total project. Even if you only do a small section at a time, you still need a complete master plan for what it will look like when you are done. This process can take a few months to finalize so be patient.
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