As snow is falling and temperatures continue to drop below freezing in Wisconsin, spring may seem far off. However, now is the perfect time to begin planning for your spring garden. So, grab a pen and pad of paper and begin to take notes!

What is your current landscape situation? Is this your first year in your home or have you been there awhile? Do you already have a footprint or are you starting from scratch? Do plants need to be split or moved? Any new plants you would like to try? What is your overall goal? These are all important questions and should be written down. Be sure to sketch out your garden and where you may want certain items/plants to be placed.

Before you delve too deep, what is your yard’s layout? This will play a major factor in determining what types of plants are best suited for your yard. Know which areas get the most and least amount of light. Also, remember to take into consideration what type of soil you have. Be sure to choose plants that will thrive in the proper locations.

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What is your budget? Are you just planning a few additions or a complete overhaul? Knowing your budget is very important. This will play a major factor into dictating what you can expect to get out of your garden.

What are your main priorities? If you have a large list of things you want and a limited budget it is very important to prioritize. Once you determine your “must haves,” planning will be much smoother. Remember, landscaping can be done in stages throughout the season, or even the years, if necessary.

Be sure to do your research. Look at your neighbors’ yards. Is there one in particular you like? If so, ask them how they achieved the look. The internet can also be a great source for inspiration and new ideas.

One thing a lot of people fail to take into consideration is pests. Pests, such as wildlife and insects, can be particularly harsh on your landscaping. Be sure to plan for some wire mesh, fencing or natural barriers (plants, shrubbery, etc.) to ward off these unwanted critters. Also, check online for other deterrents.

Be sure to plant your trees, shrubs and other vegetation at the correct time. This will ensure that you have a thriving perennial garden for years to come. If unsure when is the best time to plant be sure to check with a professional. Also, be sure to allow for growth. Remember that plants will grow and spread, so be sure to leave room for this to occur. By allowing for room now, you can also ensure that you will have room to do general maintenance, such as pruning, in the future. You can also be sure that you will have clear walkways and no obstructions due to to plants that are overgrown.

Remember, your yard is an extension of your home. Landscaping is decorating the exterior of your home. Your yard should make a statement about who you are. Choose plants, foliage and colors that compliment your home to enhance the architectural details. Research is key in planning the perfect landscape to reflect you and your home’s personality.

The cold, dreary months are perfect for dreaming about the warm, sunny months just ahead. Let your imagination help plan your vision, then give us a call; we’ll help bring it to life. Who knows, maybe yours will be the one the neighbors all envy!

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