Advanced planning is always a good idea, even when it comes to your outdoor spaces. Now is the time to plan for the creation of the backyard of your dreams. Map out your plans now with these steps:
Host a family meeting. Discuss ways every family member can embrace and enjoy your outdoor spaces. From stress reduction to promoting exercise, spending time outdoors is key to a healthy life.
Sketch out your available green spaces. Make note of existing trees, bushes, flower and gardening beds as well as the ways your family spends time around them. Consider anything you wish to add to enhance your outdoor life.
Visualize yourself, your family and your friends enjoying these spaces. What outdoor activities would you like to do more often? Anything from al fresco dinners, entertaining, yoga, maybe just relaxing in a hammock or comfy lounge chair. Would it enrich your children’s lives to create a play zone so that they can get more outdoor activity? How about your pets?
Consider your improvement and maintenance goals. Jot down ways to enhance the play and work areas your family cares most about. What do you need in your yard to provide a safe and welcoming place for families to gather and for children and pets to play? Do you have plans to enhance some landscaping? Will you be adding patios, decks, outdoor kitchens or a fire pit?
Determine which plants grow best in your climate. When you select the appropriate plants, trees and shrubs for your climate zone, you will keep maintenance to a minimum and maximize the benefit to the environment at the same time. Figuring this out now will make shopping at your local nursery more productive when the time comes to purchase.
Map out a timeline. Mark the areas where improvements, additions, and maintenance are needed. Establish a timeline, based on your needs and the climate zone and weather for your community. Identify when each task should be completed. Depending on where you live, decide what to plant and when.
Take stock of your lawn and landscaping tool supply. Now is the time to service your outdoor power equipment, before the spring season gets underway. Maybe you’ve recently moved to a new home and need to purchase a lawn mower, trimmer, edger, leaf blower or other equipment. Now is the time to take stock of the equipment and tools you already have versus what you will need so you’ll be ready for seasonal changes.
Know when to call in the pros. Be realistic about what you can and cannot handle on your own. If you think you will need some professional assistance, now is the time to line up consultants and obtain bids.
Doing these things will put you ahead of the spring rush and enable you to get more pleasure and enjoyment out of your outdoor spaces.