Spring is such an amazing time of year. Blooming flowers everywhere, better weather and all around growth. It is a season of new beginnings! This is especially true when it comes to your yard. The bad part is with our busy schedules and hectic lives it becomes a chore and is simply forgotten. Then comes April and May with the yard still in the same sorry shape. Let’s change that and make this spring the one to remember.
The most important part to a successful yard, this spring, and throughout the rest of the year is planning, planning, planning. Without a solid plan for your yard it is going to be a season of let’s plant this and that, waste hard earned money, and get an ok result. Don’t let that happen to you. Create a yard plan that will keep your yard a success year after year.
Steps to a solid yard plan:
Step 1: The Idea
What do you imagine your yard looking like? Are you going for an english countryside look, a zen like feel, or are you thinking more traditional. Think as big or as small as you want. Your yard has endless possibilities. You may even want to explore Pinterest for ideas. Be sure to make notes of your ideas.
Step 2: Get Real
So now you have an idea of what you want your yard to look like. Let’s make it happen. To get the most out of your yard and your idea it needs to be drawn out on paper. It needs to be like a blueprint, but for your yard. You can either do just a simple sketch, hire a designer, or for the more artistic individual, draw a blueprint yourself. It is important that this plan be what you want your yard to look like 5 years from now. Be creative. It should be a space that inspires you.
Step 3: Timing
Sweet!!! You have a solid idea and blueprint for what its going to look like. Now it is time to plan out when this idea is going to be reality. The truth is landscapes and yards can be expensive, especially when you try to do everything at once. If you have the money or time to get it all done at once, do it! For most though, it is going to be a process that takes months or maybe even a couple years. You can’t rush your dream yard. Go at a pace you and your wallet are comfortable with and enjoy the process.
Take your blueprint and section it off in phases. Give brief detail to each phase including cost and time to complete. Take each phase and number it from most important to least important. This is how you will decide what to complete first. Now create a goal date for each phase beginning with the one that is most important. This date will be based on cost and if your doing it yourself, the time. Put it on your calendar and in your budget.
Step 4: Maintain
Even before you begin adding new editions to your yard, you have to maintain what is there. Make sure the lawn and landscape is clean of debris and looks good. You need to have a good fertilization plan for the grass and a maintenance schedule for trimming existing plants, watering, and mowing the grass. Maintaining your yard is so important to making sure your dream becomes a reality.
Step 5: Hard Work
Now its time to begin seeing your idea come to life. Starting with phase 1 begin working on your yard. You might see things that you want to change and that is ok. Just make sure it fits in with your overall plan. Keep working, phase after phase!
Step 6 : Enjoy
Your dream is already becoming a reality and I am sure you are already enjoying the fruits of your labor. Yes! The fruits of your labor. There will be rough patches, but be sure to keep in mind your end goal. The end goal of your own personal oasis. Mmm, yes, visualize the relaxation. Feel the sun beams on your face as you lounge in your new furniture. As you close your eyes, you can smell the sweet scent of flowers and hear the calming trickle of that beautiful new water feature. Then, you take it all in with an ice cold lemonade or sweet tea. This is in your reach! Remember we are always here to answer your questions. Be inspired!
What’s your dream yard?