The first thing that you want to do is relax. Find a time that you can sit down and think about what you really want and need around your home. Take the time to organize your thoughts, grab that pen and paper and do a little brain storming. The following are some questions that you need to ask yourself to help you decide what you want in your landscape plan.
How long are you planning to stay in your home? If you are only planning to stay in your home for a short time, you want to think about doing things to your yard that will have the maximum effect in the shortest amount of time. Think, fast growing trees, beautiful perennials and annuals. The longer you plan to stay in your home, the more complex a project you can think about taking on. A deck, patio, pool or new entrance is something that you will use for many years.
Are there areas of your yard that are unusable? How much of your yard can you actually use? Think out of the box, does your front yard have a very sunny spot perfect for a vegetable garden or small orchard? Traditionally that would be in the backyard, but… why not the front? Screening shrubs can be useful if you don’t want the world to see the veggies when they are not looking at their best. Or better yet, mix in beautiful herbs, ornamentals and edible flowers to beautify your vegetable patch! Don’t forget about your side yard, you don’t have to make it only the utility area. A Zen garden or beautiful arches of flowering vines can hide your neighbor’s mess wonderfully.
Make a list of things you will want to use your yard for. Start with the basics like play area for your children, a dog run and let your imagination run wild. How about a small Dojo area or meditation corner. Do you have a fabulous view that would be perfect space for a relaxing cup of tea or wine? This is a good time to start talking to other family members, see if they have input for you. Getting their input now will make the rest of your process that much easier. Planning ahead instead of adding on later is a much more effective use of your time.
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