Considerations before Rejuvenating your landscape
We’ve been busy working our magic in the garden, but I haven’t forgotten about this subject that we started.
In the first part of this series, we asked why to rejuvenate your garden. Now we’re going to briefly go over a few consideration you need to think about before proceeding. You may find a few items overlap. That’s okay, it just proves how important each point is.
Ready? Alright then, here we go…
1. Before you can make any changes, it is going to be important to know WHY you’re making them. In other words—what are your landscape goals? Are you trying to refresh your old landscape? Or create an entirely different look? Does your landscape need to serve a more functional purpose?
2. What role do you want the plants in your landscape to achieve? Hide a view, provide shade, define your property line?
3. Is your current landscape meeting your landscape goals? Is the hedgerow along the property line still a thick, lush wall of greenery? Has the tree grown enough to provide you with cooling shade, or is it at the point where there is too much shade, and you can’t get anything to grow under it?
4. Has your purpose for the planting changed over the years? For example, the shorter shrubbery you planted may now need to be replaced with taller plants because a new building has gone up next door that you don’t want to see.
5. Has the growth of the plants or the needs of your yard usage changed the access to the area you want to do new plantings? Have the larger trees in the area grown so much that you will be adding new plants into a mass of roots from that tree?
6. Will making any changes to your landscape interfere with the relationship you have with your neighbor? Talking neighborly over the fence can quickly change if you remove a large tree that was the shading sitting area your neighbor enjoyed.
7. What is your landscape budget? Have you even made one? When you do, be sure to include all aspects of the renovations: plants, materials, and labor.
8. Do you plan on doing the work yourself or hiring a professional landscaper? You need to know what your physical limitations are—don’t forget, landscaping is physical labor!
It is essential, no critical, that you have at the very least, given these items some thought and planning. You may find that you need to do this work in phases. Be sure to ask for help from your local garden center when you’re ready to start any planting.
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