The signs of winter arrive all too suddenly — plant respiration slows, growth freezes and vibrant color is exchanged for frozen ground and crisp, cold air. In this state, it’s difficult to think about spring. But it’s just around the corner and now is the perfect time to start planning those spring projects.
Spring landscaping projects not only boost the aesthetics of your home, but they also increase property values. In fact, landscape design can add up to 20 percent in resale value to your home. But where should you start?
Here are a few ideas to spark inspiration:
Plant new trees. What areas could use some additional shade in the long, hot summer months? What are your long-term plans for the home? If you’re planning to sell within the next five years, select tree varieties that grow fast to provide quick visual appeal.
Create an inviting space with a patio. Spring is the perfect time to create that patio you’ve been considering. Materials options vary, from flagstone to pavers to bricks. Once installed, you can frame the patio with vibrant-colored spring flowers.
Create a garden pathway. Does spring include the planting of shrubs, edible plants or new flower varieties? If so, frame the additional plants with a garden pathway. Select a strategically placed bench to provide additional depth and tranquility to the area.
Install a retaining wall. There are many practical benefits of a retaining wall, from preventing downslope movement to providing additional support for grade changes. Yet this type of project also provides the perfect centerpiece for your spring planting projects, from that edible garden you’ve always wanted to the addition of spring flowers, such as apple blossoms or azaleas.
Don’t forget to account for growth. When selecting plants, don’t forget to plan for future growth. How much will the new plants grow in a year, two years and even 10 years down the road? Planning for this growth will ensure your landscaping looks even more amazing with each new year.