If you’re dreaming of longer days and warmer temperatures, you are certainly not alone. Winters in the Chicago area can seem endless, but spring is here. In fact, if you haven’t put together your springtime landscaping plan, now is the perfect time to do so. Here are a few reasons to start now along with a few things to consider.
Determine Who Will Do the Work
One of the first things you should think about early on is how you will establish your springtime landscape. Do you want to make only a few small changes, or will you completely redesign things from the ground up? Are you familiar enough with the area and landscaping as a whole to design it yourself, or would you be better off calling a professional to help you with design, implementation, and maintenance? If you decide to hire a professional, calling early in the season is by far the best way to make sure you meet your landscaping goals on time.
Establish New Plantings & Germinating
When you start planning early enough in the season, it’s possible to have your plants established at the perfect time to put them in the ground. This is especially true if you’re thinking about growing certain flowers or vegetables from seed; it can take some time to germinate them, and in many cases, doing so indoors is the best way to protect the plant from the possibility of a cold snap in the early spring months.
Consider Your Maintenance Needs
If you have a fairly solid idea of what sort of things you want to plant for the upcoming warmer months, then you can also take the time to plan a maintenance schedule. Think about things like the number of plants you will have – trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables, especially – and then determine the work that goes into caring for them throughout the season. You also have the ability to call on a professional landscaping team to help you maintain your landscape if the yard of your dreams turns out to be more work than you anticipated.
Get Your Orders in Early
Unless you plan to grow everything from seed, late winter is the best time to put your order in with a local nursery. Decide on the type and quantity of plants you want for your landscape, then call or visit your local nursery to place an order. Though you can wait until you are ready to plant to take a trip and browse the selection, once the warmer months have arrived, there’s no way to guarantee that you’ll be able to find the pink pansies you really had your eye on. If you want specific plants, early orders are best.
Springtime landscaping can be a lot of fun whether you choose to do it all yourself or hire a professional landscaper to help you design it. Either way you go, it’s always best to plan things early so that you have everything you need to get the job done when the time comes.