Denver Landscape Design Company Recommends Planning Spring Design Projects This Winter

There might be a chill in the air, but there are plenty of good reasons to start planning your spring landscaping projects this winter. Your Denver landscape design company has included tips here to get your creative juices flowing and start thinking about what you want to accomplish with your yard once the warmer temperatures arrive this spring.

Step 1: Assess Your Current Landscape

Do you love what you have but want to add more? Do you want to tear everything out and start from scratch? Do you have plants that have outgrown their space and so need to be moved or divided? Are you dreaming of a bigger patio? Can you envision a water feature incorporated into the design? Write it all down, and draw a rough sketch of what you’d like to see—and where.

Step 2: Think About Your Budget

Landscaping costs can vary widely depending on whether you’ll be doing some or all of the work yourself or if you’ll hire the professionals to do it. Having a budget in mind ahead of time will keep you focused on what you can afford.

Step 3: Prioritize Those Items You Really Want

If you have a large list and a limited budget, you will have to make a plan that happens in stages. The nice thing about landscaping is that it can take place over time—even over several years if needed. Figure out what you really want—and can afford—this season.  

Step 4: Do Your Research

Planning your landscape design project is fun—and you can find inspiration everywhere. Take a walk around your own neighborhood and draw on your neighbors’ yards for ideas. Look at do-it-yourself websites, watch landscaping programs on television, and create a board with ideas on Pinterest. Read magazines and books on landscape design. You are only limited by your imagination—and of course, your budget. (Here are some great shows to watch for inspiration: The Best Home and Garden TV Shows to Binge Watch.)

Step 5: Plan for Growth 

When you are planning your landscape, keep in mind how large the plants will grow when they reach maturity. You don’t want plants to outgrow their space. Consider spaces to walk around the plants, so you’ll want to make sure paths will be clear of foliage. Make sure tall plants won’t obstruct views from your home’s windows.

Step 6: Keep in Mind the Level Maintenance

Landscaping is not a one-time deal; you’ll need to maintain your investment. Plan your landscape around how many hours each week you want to devote to maintenance. Be realistic about the amount of time you want to spend pulling weeds, watering, and pruning.

Step 7: Plan Landscaping to Enhance the Exterior of Your Home

Your home’s interior likely reflects your personality; your landscaping should do the same. You should choose plants that complement or contrast with the colors in your home and go with your home's architectural time period. For instance, a Victorian home landscape would be much different than a 1960s home landscape.

The winter months are the perfect time to plan your vision for your outdoor space. If you want a little—or a lot—of help with your Denver landscape design project, we are here for you. Contact Landscaped Retreats today!
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