Do these 3 things first! Before you start your new landscape.

Do these 3 things first! Before you start your new landscape.

You want to use your yard more, but you know your landscape is hindering that, but as you look around, you also know that you have more work than budget! Where do you start? Here is a rule of thumb guide that we use to walk our clients through transitioning into the yard of their dreams, but, let’s just say right up front, that even the biggest jobs usually get done in smaller increments. Ready?

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Aim for largest impact first! By removing things that distract, or having problem areas fixed you can clear the way for more advanced projects and details to be designed. First, the mental stress of that one thing that bothers you may have you locked down creatively and removing that stress will make it easier for you to focus on what you really want from your landscape. Second, fixing the problem area typically brings with it a vast improvement in the general overall landscape that is very beneficial, and may even make your landscape more usable. So, start with what bugs you!

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Second, move on to “infrastructure” projects. Much like roads and bridges come before new neighborhoods, adding living spaces, or solving some structural issue in your landscape before adding new plant material lays a good foundation for a livable landscape plan. Patio space, pergolas, and decks are good examples but don’t forget retaining walls and drainage systems that make it possible to use space better.

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Last but not least, when you get to aesthetics, go for value! Adding one large tree may make a larger impact than many smaller plants, one feature bed may change the look of a house more than lining every sidewalk with decorative grass. Go for the big punch first. Ladies, you buy the dress first, then the shoes and earrings to match, right? So, set the stage and then add decorative touches to finish it up.

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