Spring is Almost Here: 4 Ways to Plan the Perfect Yard

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The weather is going to be warming up soon. When it does, you'll want to head outside to your yard. Be ahead of the game by planning your landscaping projects while the weather is cold. That way, when spring arrives, you'll be ready to get started. Here are four steps that will help you prepare for landscaping season.

Pinpoint Your Desired Use

Before you start planning your landscaping, you need to identify your intended use. For instance, if you do a lot of outdoor entertaining, you'll want to include space for your guests to sit and relax. However, if you prefer a tranquil place to relax in the evenings, you'll want to gear your plans towards a more low-key design. Once you know what you're going to use your yard for, you'll be ready to take off with the plans.

Use Your Space Wisely

When planning your yard, be sure to use your space wisely. Filling your yard with plants is great, as long as you also leave room for people. Go outside and draw a diagram of your yard. Don't worry if you're lacking in artistic talent. All you need is a basic diagram that shows the shape of your yard. Once you have the map drawn out, you can sit down and plan each section. This is a good way to identify areas that will work well for each aspect of your plans.

Don't Forget the Hardscape

Hardscaping is an excellent way to add depth and diversity to your yard. If you're not sure what hardscaping is, it's the rock, water and paving features you add to your yard. Don't stick with one aspect of hardscaping either. For instance, when planning a patio area, you can use gravel, cement and paving stones in varying sizes to create a unique area. You might think that hardscaping would prevent you from having gardens. However, a patio created from large paving stones will provide the perfect foundation for raised gardens.

Save Money Where You Can

If you have a large project that you want to include in your designs, find areas where you can save money. You can save money by forgoing a sprinkler system – if space allows – or by hitting yard sales for outdoor décor. The money you save can be used to pay for the larger features you want in your yard. This is particularly important if you have a limited landscaping budget to work with.

Don't wait until spring to get started on your landscaping. The tips provided here will help you get a head-start on your outdoor projects. If you need a little help with some of the more difficult portions of your plan, consider consulting a landscaping specialist, such as T M Landscaping.

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16 December 2015

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