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As we watch the last bits of snow melt and see the tips of grass poking through our muddy yards, it’s not hard to start thinking about the lush green gardens we’d like to see this spring. However, before you pick up a shovel, it’s best to do a little preparation to ensure your gardening projects grow to be as beautiful as you’ve imagined. While the last weeks of cool weather roll by, get inspired and start your planning to get your yard ready for a springtime landscape overhaul to give your home the curb appeal boost it needs.

Start With Research

Before you reach for your shovel and start digging up your yard like an untrained puppy, you should probably do a little research into what exactly you’re planning to do and will be dealing with. First, you should take a look at what kind of climate you’re living in and do a little investigating into what types of plants and greenery do best in those temperatures and conditions. This will help narrow down what sorts of things you can plant when the snow thaws. You should also look into factors such as the cost of purchasing and maintaining your choices, a planting schedule so you know when to plant it and when it will bloom and even what other items you may need to accomplish your landscaping ideas, such as sprinkler systems and gardening tools. You’ll also want to take a look at how much sun your new garden will receive during the day, to make sure you purchase the kinds of plants that will thrive as a result.

Consider Other Living Things

In almost any climate, you’re bound to run into some local pests. Whether they are neighbourhood animals, insects or even wildlife, they can all play a big factor in maintaining your perfectly landscaped property. While some insect problems have preventative measures you can take, some need to be controlled throughout the summer months, such as mosquitos and wasps, which can greatly affect the use of your yard and surrounding area. Another thing to take into consideration is which plants and fertilizers are toxic to animals. Whether it is your family’s pet, a local stray or even just wildlife, it’s best to avoid any greenery or chemicals that could harm animals. Always double check the toxicity of anything you put in your garden before you reach for your trowel. This is also a good idea to keep in mind as water run-off from your garden could end up in our waterways.

Get Inspired!

If you prepare your yard for the spring thaw in gradual stages, it’s much easier to allow your creative juices to flow. Begin with clearing last year’s dead plants from beneath the muddy ground in order to start with a clean slate to envision what styles and colours you’d like to introduce to your property. Does your home’s exterior call for a more modern Zen appearance or a colourful lush garden of perennials? Flip through your favourite home and garden magazines to get an idea of what landscaping looks will work for your home. And remember, when done in stages, you can get a better idea of how much more or less you’ll need for the final look that will become the wow factor of your neighbourhood.

Plot, Plan & Map It Out

While the idea of landscaping your property can be exciting, it’s best to take it one step at a time. While you’re waiting for the snow to melt, start a plan and schedule for your projects. Take your time to research and map out where and what you’d like to plant, and consider their ideal planting times. While some greenery is best planted in the early spring, others survive best when planted in the later spring months. A great thing to remember is that while differing plants & flowers bloom at different times, this can make for a great way to stretch out your gardening commitment as well as change the look of your landscaping as the months roll on. If you have any questions about when to plant each type of flower, don’t be afraid to consult your local greenhouse or garden centre. Additionally, take into consideration things such tree roots, long-term growth and even whether or not you may need to bring in a professional to help with some bigger landscaping projects.

Consider The Upkeep

The biggest factor with landscaping is the cost and effort for its upkeep. Even though you may be planning to sell your home with a gorgeous garden, if the on-going maintenance is overwhelming to the potential new home owners the on-going costs and work might deter them from making an offer. While the final product can add so much aesthetic value to your home, the maintenance is not always easy. Once you’ve got your plan of what you’d like to add to your property, take into consideration how much time and money you’re willing to invest in keeping up appearances. Factors such as trimming, raking, watering and pruning can take up many Saturday afternoons, so make sure you can keep up with what you’re planting. If you’re new to landscaping and gardening, aim for smaller projects that require less maintenance to avoid finding your yard dried and dead by early summer.

A beautiful yard can add so much to the enjoyment of your home and can be a great project for the spring and summer months. However, it’s important to remember to work in stages and to not get in over your head by the commitment. If you have any questions about how your landscaping can help enhance the curb appeal of your home and attract the right buyer, give one of our fantastic for your home when it comes time to turn your investment.