landscape 5Winter is officially here and another year has come and gone. In the start of the growing season a lot of us make new years resolutions with the intent of reaching an objective or finishing a task. For the homeowner this resolution may be as simple as updating features in their yard or facing the challenge of designing their landscape from bare earth to the ground up. Winter is the time to start the design process as spring will come before you know it.

A well planned design will help accelerate and simplify your landscape project when the time arrives. To start the process you have to possess or produce a sketch of the region being completed. For large projects involving the entire yard, it is helpful to have the full site plan of the property. It will help to have a drawing of the project site you are working on. Don’t forget to mark the directions on the site map. Marking a north arrow on your site map will help to identify planting zones later.

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landscape 6Once you have defined the project area with a drawing, the fun can begin. The first step is knowing what you want and understanding the area you are working with. Each climate has it’s own wonderful plants to choose from. Checking with local nurseries will help you to choose the best plants for your climate region. 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 choose take the time to enjoy the design process and learn more about the landscape being placed in your yard and the many plants we can use to create our ideal landscape.