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Plan Your Backyard Landscaping Now to Get a Jump on Next Spring's Projects

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

It may be difficult to think about your backyard landscaping when winter's winds have begun blowing and temperatures are dropping; however, now is the perfect time to get a head start on next year's backyard projects.

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  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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Make Your Realistic Landscaping Projects List

The first step is deciding what projects you want on your list. Be realistic about the time involved in completing each project, and the size of your budget. If you are planning on using a landscaping contractor for some of the work, now is a great time to get some estimates, while their workloads have diminished for the season.

Backyard Landscaping Can Enhance Warm Weather Relaxation

Few things can relieve the stress of a long workday like relaxing in your own backyard paradise. Planning now can prepare you to start your projects as soon as the days start to warm, so the projects can be finished and ready to enjoy during the summer. Some project ideas to increase backyard enjoyment include:

  • Adding or extending a deck.
  • Installing flower gardens.
  • Adding a soothing waterfall.
  • Installing a patio for backyard entertaining.
  • Building a trellis for plants and partial shade.
  • Creating a bird-friendly environment.

Plan Now for Spring and Summer Enjoyment

There is a limitless array of backyard landscaping enhancement projects that are fairly simple and inexpensive. Start planning now to have the projects completed during the spring, and ready for use in the summer. You may even save a substantial amount of money by purchasing materials during the off-season, or getting on a landscaping contractor's list of projects for the early spring.

Don't spend the winter wishing it was warm--use some of your time preparing to take advantage of the warm weather when it does return.

About the Author

Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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