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3 Steps to Planning Your Landscaping For Summer

by CustomHomes on Thursday, April 20, 2017

Summer homeWith Spring already in full swing, Summer isn’t far behind. Warm weather and plenty of shine is the perfect time to start working on your landscaping projects around the house. But before you get too far ahead of yourself, use the time you have during the Spring to start making plans for your landscaping projects. Having a plan not only makes for a more effective execution, but you’ll make the most of your working time. Here are a few tips for planning your Summer landscaping projects:

Get Some Ideas

Doing a little research is never a bad place to start. Not only does this give you some inspiration, but also allows you to understand more about what is going to be involved. Consider a fountain or a pond for example. In theory, it seems pretty straight forward. However if you want it to look good and function properly, it’s always better to know what goes into it before you get started. While you’re looking for ideas, you might also want to spend some time looking into what your planting options are. Specifically, what options are most viable for your climate and region. There’s nothing worse than spending the time, effort, and money into creating a stunning landscape, only to find out that what you planted can’t survive in the climate you live in.

Set Your Budget

If you’re anything like us, walking into a greenhouse or nursery can be hazardous to the health of your bank account. It can be a little too easy to go overboard when it comes to picking up new plants and other goodies for your landscaping projects. When you start to set your budget, you’ll also need to keep any tools you might need for the project as well, especially if you’re doing hardscaping projects, or anything involving a lot of digging. While having a budget planned might not necessarily serve as a hard and fast spending guide, it should help to at least rein your spending in.

Plan for Growth and Plant Accordingly

After doing some research, and setting a nominal, if nothing else, budget plan. You’re just about ready for planting. While you might be eager to get out the shovel on the first nice day you have, it’s recommended that you stick to the planting guide. Not only will you get better, more immediate results, but you’ll also increase the life and well-being of your plants exponentially. Another thing to keep in mind is the growth of your plants. Not only will you need to be able to access your plants to maintain their health, but they’ll need some space to grow as well. In addition to having room for your plants to grow, you’ll also need to have space for pedestrians and other landscaping needs. There’s nothing worse than trying to tend to the landscaping and having to pause to push back some overflowing flora.

Lastly, have fun! Landscaping and gardening are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and add some natural beauty to the lands around your home. Pick your plants to accentuate and compliment the exterior of your home and you’ll be left with some lasting natural beauty for years to come.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com