Just a few warm spring days are enough to make me dream of spending hours in the yard this summer. This is a great time to think about some of the landscape projects you might want to do this coming season. If you’re anything like me you have a list as long as your arm of things you would like to improve or add to your landscape. The hardest part is deciding where to begin. Now is the time to think about your outdoor space and how you use it. Identify areas that get a lot of use and those that do not. Evaluate the environmental conditions of different areas, particularly sun exposure. What do you value the most about your property – the waterfront? a commanding view? the stream that runs through the back? These are all important things to consider as you decide on your landscape improvement plan.
Hardscapes such as stonewalls and patios can make dramatic changes to your landscape and provide areas for family and friends to relax and enjoy your outdoor space. Smaller projects like a simple walkway or a fire pit add function and enjoyment as well. Landscape plantings are a great way to enhance elements that already exist in your yard. Plants can soften and define a stonewall or walkway.
You should consider a few decorative touches once you decide on your project. New patio furniture, a lovely collection of planted containers, a small fountain and perhaps some landscape lighting to add your own personal touch. With some thoughtful planning ahead, you can really improve the function and appeal of your outdoor environment.