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Planning your Garden Renovation

You’ve decided to renovate your garden. There is going to be a lot to think about before you get started. The planning stage of your garden renovation is extremely important. It sets the foundation for the work that’s to follow. Without a proper plan in place and the details hammered out, a complete garden renovation is more than likely to hit a few bumps in the road. Everything from your budget to the best time of year to renovate needs to be taken into consideration for your garden overhaul to be a success. Here is some helpful advice on planning your garden renovation!

Set a budget

How much money you are willing to spend on your garden renovation? If you’re worried you won’t be able to afford the renovation you’ve been dreaming about, put it off until you’re sure you can afford what you want. Settling for a renovation you are not going to be 100% happy with will end up costing when you have to renovate again. Contacting a professional landscaping company will be helpful in determining a rough amount you could be looking at. Once you’ve established a limit as to how much you’d like to spend, start planning!

Do some research

Researching garden renovations is never a bad idea. Dig around the internet for ideas and helpful tips. The internet is worldwide of course. Zero in on renovations that are appropriate for our climate. Have there been any recent garden renovations in your neighbourhood? In the case of the latter, you can even ask if you can come over and see the new renovation for yourself.

What time of year is it?

Though you may not think it, the timing of your garden renovation is crucial to its success. Are you planning a spring renovation and thinking of starting in April? Stop! Start a few months earlier in order to make sure you don’t end up rushing the planning stages. If it’s the fall season you want to spruce up your garden for, start planning and preparing during the summer. People often underestimate just how long a garden renovation of any size can take, don’t let this happen to you!

Bring in a pro

To really want to make the most of your planning stage, enlist the help of a professional landscaping company. Talking to an experienced expert about what you are looking for, can easily be the best choice you make! Ask questions about renovations they’ve worked on in the past, get to know them on a personal level and treat them as you would a friend; all of this is going to help establish a close working relationship with your hired professional that will go a long way when planning your new garden.

Consider your lifestyle

Think about the kind of lifestyle you have at your home when planning a garden renovation. Look at your front and back yard and think about what you and your family typically enjoy doing in those spaces. Do you like to throw summer parties in the backyard? Consider things like where your barbeque is located, or where you usually entertain your guests, and how many people you want to host. Combinations of turf, plantings (softscape) and patio (hardscape) areas all go into the planning. Do your kids like to play in the front yard? Plan a garden that’s not going to get in their way.

Follow this advice and you’ll feel a lot less intimidated when it comes time to plan your next garden renovation. And remember, if you are ever unsure of anything, contacting a professional is always your best lifeline!

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Low Maintenance Plants for your Yard

Low maintenance plants for your garden

If you like to garden but prefer not to spend every waking moment nursing along the plants that you play host to, I totally get it. We love to poke about, water, weed and generally putter, but nobody wants to spend their season trying to keep limp, needy plants alive. During the planning stages of your garden, it pays to know what plants will survive in your zone and the mini climates of your yard. Different areas of your yard offer different benefits and draw backs.


No need to resuscitate

Most of the time, it’s not that plants are needy, but that people try to grow them in the wrong places. The first step in looking for low maintenance plants is to ensure that you’re putting your picks in spots where they can thrive. Check for drought hardiness, the ability to take a little standing water, wind resistance, cold resistance, and how much shade or full sun it needs. What soil requirements does your plant need to thrive and does your yard offer a hospitable home? Plant accordingly.


What are your plants special needs?

Is your plant a heavy feeder? Does it need a lot of watering? These types of plants can be wonderful but they may also take a little more of your time than other selections. Does your plant require staking or does it sprawl across the garden bed? These types may also require some of your help to stay neat and tidy. Does your plant of choice drop lots of leaves or flowers that will need to be raked up? Will it need to be pruned every year? How quickly will it grow and how often will it need to be divided? These are all things to consider when looking for a plant that will need little more than your daily admiration.

Easy perennials

As long as you plant them according to their needs most standard perennials will thrive and offer years of low maintenance enjoyment. Tiger lilies, irises, ornamental grasses, bleeding heart, yarrow, sedum, and ligularia are all relatively carefree garden companions. They’ll come back year after year, and will need a spring clean up or dividing every couple of years, but otherwise you can simply enjoy them. Most perennials have a limited flowering period of 2 to 4 weeks. Shasta daisies, for example, look wonderful in June but flowering is typically over by mid-July. For continual displays, chose perennials that flower at different periods. Be vigilant and cut back those aggressive growers that want to take over the garden. Black eyed susan, many varieties of grasses and lilies, have no problem taking over when you aren’t looking!



Easy annuals

If you’re looking at annuals, these types of plants will need to be replaced every spring with new stock. They grow, flower and die every season, although some of them will easily offer up seeds which you can collect and plant for the next year. Marigolds, cosmos, verbena, nasturtium and portulaca (moss rose) are all great lazy gardener choices that will brighten a space without any fuss. Although you’ll need to replace them the following year, this gives you an opportunity to switch up your pot displays or garden spaces without much investment.
The better you understand the needs of your plants, the better a show they’ll provide you during the season. (And in the case of perennials, the next season too!) Visit the rest of our website for all of your landscaping and lawn maintenance needs.

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