Although most people focus their New Year’s resolutions on improving themselves, why not focus on improving your yard or other outdoor spaces? A brand new year is a great time to start planning ways to improve your landscaping. By planning your landscape renovations now, you can implement them over the next couple of months and have a great backyard by the start of spring. Here are seven landscaping resolutions we think are fun and will get your creative juices flowing.
1. Spend More Time Outdoors
It’s a well-known fact that spending time in nature can reduce stress. If you have a dedicated outdoor space, you don’t even need to leave the house to get the health benefits of the great outdoors. Many people are so busy that they forget to take advantage of a significant portion of their home. We recommend making a resolution to spend more time in your yard, either alone or with friends and family. Not only will it help you to relax, but it will also motivate you to start some of our other resolution projects.
2. Have a Pool
Pools are great to have in summer when you want to cool down. They’re also a great way to add character to your garden. If you already have a pool, make sure that it’s well-maintained with regular cleaning, skimming, filtering, or chlorinating. Pools can degrade, and when they do, they need a lot of work.
If you don’t have a pool, now is the time to start shopping around and planning for one. Even a small dip-pool can add lots of value to your home, and you’ll love it when summer comes around.
3. Install a High-Quality Sprinkler System
Gone are the days of having to manually turn your sprinkler on and hope you don’t overwater your plants. Modern sprinkler systems can detect the time of day and water your plants appropriately. Installing a new system can save you money on water and ensure that your garden gets exactly the right amount of water it needs.
4. Develop a Landscaping Plan
Many homeowners tend to rush into landscaping improvements without a plan. This usually ends in disaster, as your plants start dying or you realize that the small bush you planted has grown up into something much bigger. A landscaping plan helps you identify any problem areas in your yard ahead of time, and to develop a strategy to address them.
5. Care for Your Trees
Incorrect pruning or incorrect care can seriously harm trees. We recommend working with an experienced arborist who can advise you on the best way to care for your trees. Since trees are usually a large time investment, it’s worth the cost to make sure they’re healthy and thriving.
6. Grow a Herb and Veggie Garden
Having a veggie garden can be incredibly soothing during the spring and summer. And there’s nothing better than cooking with plants you’ve grown yourself.
7. Team Up with a Professional Landscaping Company
Sometimes, keeping up with all of the landscaping chores can be overwhelming. By working with a reputable landscaping company, you can rest assured that your yard will be taken care of, giving you plenty of relaxation and joy.