Winter is on its way, and that means it’s time to start thinking about spring. More specifically, it’s time to start thinking about your new spring landscape. It may seem excessive to get excited about spring before the first winter freeze, but planning ahead is key to achieving your perfect landscape project. Timing is everything when it comes to landscape design, and starting now will give you several advantages on the path to an amazing spring or summer landscape.
You’ll have plenty of time to plan.
A great new landscape depends on proper planning, and that takes time. Off-season planning provides plenty of time to browse photos, look at other projects, speak to professionals, and decide on a landscape design you’ll love. If you wait until the busy spring season to get started, you’ll be in a rush and may get stuck with a plan that isn’t perfect. You’ll also have time to chat with multiple landscape companies, allowing you to choose the one that best fits your needs, style, and budget.
You can plan around current problems.
Believe it or not, winter and fall are the best times to get a good look at your landscape. It’s easier to evaluate plant health and assess your overall landscape when flowers and foliage are out of the way. A barren landscape also makes it easier for professionals to identify problems like drainage issues, damage to your hardscapes or foundation, soil erosion, and more. Starting now will give your crew plenty of time to address any potential problems before project-time.
You’ll have your pick of plants.
There’s nothing worse than having your landscape plan ready, only to find that your perfect plants aren’t available. When you plan ahead, you – or your landscaper – can work with local nurseries or suppliers to reserve the plants, shrubs, and trees you really want. If you wait until spring, your ideal selections may be sold out (or they may not have been grown at all).
Additionally, some spring-flowering bulbs must be planted now if you want to see their beautiful blooms next spring. Plants like tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils need the time of winter dormancy to establish roots and build energy for the spring season.
It’s easier to pick your project date.
Spring and summer are the busiest times of year for landscaping companies. If you wait to schedule your service, you may be waiting 6 to 8 weeks – if not longer – to start your landscape project. If you plan over the winter, you’ll likely have your pick of project dates and can enjoy an earlier job completion. This is especially important if you’re planning to incorporate hardscapes into your new landscape, as it can take several weeks to secure the necessary permits.
You may save money.
Like many industries, landscaping prices are often lower during the off-season. Companies are able to plan more cost-effectively, it’s easier to secure materials, and they aren’t bogged down in spring bidding wars. Companies are also more likely to schedule cost-free estimates during the slow season, allowing you to shop around for the best value.
Planning now can help you ensure a smooth and spectacular spring landscape from start to finish – and so can Chad’s Landscape Management. From project planning to professional installation to maintenance and more, our expert team is here to help you through every step of your new landscape design. Contact us today to learn more!