Enter Blog4 Ways to Start Planning Your Spring Landscaping Project in Winter
With the recent run of warm, sunny weather in Kelowna, it was wonderful to see so many people out making the most of it. Everyone I ran into raved about how gorgeous it was and how it was a nice break from our usual gray winter days.
Of course, all the gardeners I know were extra pumped. We may have a little more winter left but they’re already getting prepped for spring in the Okanagan. Inspired by them, I figured I’d write about how to plan your dream landscape even though we’re still hunkered down for winter.
Find a Professional
The hardcore gardeners and DIYers will consider this blasphemy but the easiest way to get the yard you want is to let a pro take care of it for you. They know all the tricks essential to creating a lush, beautiful outdoor space so why not take advantage of that knowledge? At the very least they’ll be able to help you sort out what plants are best for your yard and give you an idea of what you may have to spend to get your dream landscape. If you want the absolute best, hiring one of the many landscape companies in Kelowna is a great place to start.
Come Up With a Plan
Alright, maybe you’re trying to save money or simply enjoy working in the yard. Whatever your reason is for tackling this yourself, I commend you. But if you’re going to do it, you need a plan. What better time to come up with one than when you’re curled up on the couch under a blanket? Think through the entire landscape design. Should you do hard-scapes or soft-scapes? What kind of plants and colours do you want? How much are you willing to weed? Sketch it out and think it through. By having a master plan, you’re less likely to end up with a mishmash of clashing colours and wasted space.
Find Some Inspiration
Though it may feel like torture to look at sunny gardens when we’re stuck in the doldrums of winter, it’s never a bad idea to read what others have doing with their yards. Pinterest is a great resource for this. I know I’ve certainly found a few ideas there. There’s no shortage of gardening books and magazines to leaf through either so pop down to Mosaic Books and see what’s in stock. I’m pretty certain they have a local section too. You might find great tips from an Okanagan gardener that’ll put you on the right path.
Know What You Want
If you’ve lived in your home for any length of time, you’ve probably got a decent idea of how you like to spend time in your yard. Knowing this can help you plan your landscaping projects. If you like to entertain, some nice hardscaping for tables and chairs is a must. Maybe you’ve even got room for a fire pit or grill. If your yard is more about the family, then a safe play area for the kids is something to consider. Add in a jungle gym or swing set for maximum smiles. Or perhaps you’re not much of a yard person and want it to be as low maintenance as possible. In that case, xeriscaping will save you time on weeding as well as wasting less water. The point is, you should know how you want to use your yard before you do anything to it.
It’s never too early to start planning and on those gray, chilly days it sure helps to dream of spring, doesn't it? Speaking of dreams, if you’re in the market for a new dream home, let me help! Contact me so we can start planting those seeds today and see what they grow into!