Plan Your Landscaping Now

If this is the year you plan to landscape your yard, we're here to help.

By FamilyTime


If you've decided it's time to get your garden and yard in shape, let us help you make plans. Now is the perfect time for a good, long look and an assessment of some pretty glorious possibilities. 

You can hire a professional, but if you tackle some jobs yourself you will save money and also to benefit from the pleasure of a job well done. And the sooner you get started thinking about the garden, the more eager you will be. 

Know Your Yard
Take a good look at the property. Decide which areas you want to improve upon first. Don't take on more than you can handle. Yards and gardens develop and evolve over time.

Once you know where north is in relation to your yard, take note of how the sun shines on it. This will determine where to plant certain flowers and vegetables, if trees need to come down, and if hedges need pruning or planting.

Figure out where underground pipes, electrical cables, and septic systems are. You don't want to excavate in these areas or drive heavy equipment on them.

Check out overhead wires. Will trees interfere with these when they reach their full height? Do any trees need attention now?

As the spring rains fall, observe how the water drains. Are there hills where it sluices down, taking dirt and debris with it? Does it puddle in one part of the yard?

Is there a tumble down fence somewhere, electrical boxes for the pool, an old garden shed, or a neighbor's rusted car that you would like to screen with plantings or fencing?

Make Plans
Draw some plans once you have decided where to put flower beds and vegetable gardens.

Get some graph paper, a scale ruler, and tracing paper. If you're planning a flower garden, a box of crayons helps, too.

Draw the buildings, large trees, driveways and walks, and other permanent fixtures. Sketch a plan, taking into consideration things such as lawn area and room for the dog or swing set. Overlay tracing paper on it and change it several times until you're satisfied.

If you have a view, decide how to take best advantage of it. Is privacy important? Think about cutting trees, building a fence, or planting a hedge. Remember, it takes a few years for shrubbery and hedges to grow and fill in.

Choose a Style
Consider the style of your house. A Victorian house may do better with formal gardens and large shrubbery, while a cottage or center-hall colonial will take to a country garden.

Walk and drive around various neighborhoods to get ideas. Take note of the shrubbery and trees flowers that thrive in your part of the world.

Take Action
Decide what you can do yourself and only then call in experts for the rest. You can't cable a tree, probably, but you can dig garden beds and plant grass seed.

Keep the plans and follow them as the months go by, modifying as you need to. You will want to refer to them next year and the year after -- and before you know it, your landscape will take shape in all its beauty.