Winter is officially here and another year has come and gone. At the beginning of the season many of us decide to finish a project or reach a goal. For that homeowner this resolution might be as easy as upgrading features within their yard or facing the task of creating their landscape from scratch. The time to start the design process is now, as the spring season will be upon us quickly.
A properly planned design can help accelerate and simplify your landscape project once the time arrives. To begin the design process it is necessary to have or create a sketch of the area being worked on. For projects that incorporate large areas of the yard, it is beneficial to use an overall site plan of your property. Having a scaled drawing of the site you are working with will enhance the project. Don’t forget to indicate directions on your map. Marking a north arrow on your site map will help to identify planting zones later.
Once the project area has been defined with an accurate sketch of the site created the fun can begin. The first step in a successful project is having a realistic approach to the area you are working with. Every climate has it’s own wonderful selection of plants. Utilize local bookstores, nurseries and libraries to help with this search. Now that you’ve selected a style or theme you’d like to incorporate in your landscape you can begin drawing on your plan.
Whichever method you select take time to enjoy the design process and find out more about the plants being placed on your lawn.