Plan your yard while it's chilly out

January is a tough month for many of us. The weather is chilly, the return to routine after the holidays, trying to keep up with our new resolutions. And on top of that our landscaping is mostly dormant and waiting for the return of warmer weather. If you find yourself longing for spring it could be a great time to plan your landscaping projects

1. Envision your dream yard.
This is what I call the “fun stage” of planning. The sky is the limit here as you think through all of the things you’d like to see and accomplish with your landscaping changes. Is expanding your outdoor living a priority? Is landscape lighting high on your list of needs? Do you want to see lots of color attract butterflies to your yard? Are you envisioning a relaxing tropical oasis secluding you from the outside world? At this point we are not worried about practicality or other constraints; this is where I really encourage you to dream big!

2. Reality check.
A successful landscape is going to be beautiful and practical so we need to think about what really makes sense for your Gainesville yard. Things to consider in this stage of planning include climate and maintenance. A traditional English garden might be my dream, but how well suited is it to our climate and am I prepared to handle the amount of upkeep a project like that is going to need. It's also important to consider any irrigation changes that may need to be made.


3. Evaluate your space.
When planning your landscaping it’s especially important to keep in mind the full size of plants of trees later down the road. Will those plants that look just right now still look right when they have grown in? Is the number of shrubs and the distance going to be sufficient to create a beautiful hedge? And don’t forget to take into account the final size of any trees you include in your landscaping. Too many times I’ve met with a client who has had to take down beautiful trees simply because they were planted too close to existing structures.

4. Consider your budget.
Outlining a budget helps to prioritize landscaping projects and make sure that your most important goals are handled first. This can help you break your project down into manageable parts and maybe plan one project for spring and a second project later in the year.

With a little extra effort you will be well on your way to achieving the yard of your dreams. If you would like The Master’s Lawn Care to assist you with creating the yard you’ve been dreaming of we would love to meet with you for a landscaping consultation. Just give us a call at 352-378-5296 to schedule a time or submit your request online.

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