We’ve barely gotten used to writing “2012” in our checkbooks, but Neave Group’s landscape design staff is already hard at work with many of our clients, getting things rolling for a beautiful spring in New York!
Already itching for a little beauty in your own backyard? Here are five things you can do if you’re already dreaming of warmer weather and a fantastic landscape come spring:
- Call your landscape designer. It’s never too early to start planning, especially if you’re interested in making big changes to your landscape in the coming months. Set up a meeting to talk about the physical plans for your space, a budget for the project, and research for plants, stone and pavers, furniture, fabric and even outdoor kitchen appliances you might want to use. And before your meeting…
- Dream in color. If you aren’t already trolling year round for great ideas and sources of beautiful garden inspiration, you’re missing out. Newsstands are always stocked with gardening magazines. And the creative juices keep flowing from landscaping bloggers and websites when the weather gets cold! Browse magazine racks and the Internet for great ideas to use in your own yard.
Play with Pinterest. Imagine how impressed your landscape designer will be when you show up to your first planning meeting not with a manila folder stuffed to the gills with a mess of magazine cutouts and old photos, but with a simple URL: Pinterest.com can help you create online “inspiration boards” to plot your dream landscape, and it’s easy to share your pins with others! You can pin images from any website to your board with a few simple clicks. Check out Better Homes & Gardens staffer Katie Ketelsen’s pinboard here, then start your own. You can also check out Neave Group’s Pinterest boards here.
- Prep your space. If you have a warm-ish weekend day and want to do a little clean-up and prep, head outside to prune anything you weren’t able to tackle before winter. Cut back your ornamental grasses if you have them, and wrap your broadleaf evergreens to hold in their moisture. And if there’s a snow or ice storm, be sure to remove snow and ice from your branches to keep them from breaking.
- Research plants. You probably know your landscape better than anyone, so get started researching the plants that will work best in every nook and cranny of the yard. That way, you’ll be more prepared when you meet with your designer. For a pretty comprehensive library of plants, use the National Garden Association’s Plant Finder – or refer back to all those great magazines and websites you’ve been using.
Spring will be here before you know it. Until then: Stay warm, and happy planning! Need a little help? Contact the landscape design professionals at Neave Landscaping.
From the Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, dial (914) 271-7996, and if you’re in Connecticut, call us at (203) 212-4800. You can also fill out the web form on this page to have us get in touch with you.
And if you want more insight as you plan your landscape, download our free Landscape Planning Guide!