Assessing Your Lawn for Landscaping Renovations
In our latest blog post, we discuss ways to proactively assess your landscaping renovations needs.
Landscaping is Dynamic!
Every landscape – both natural or managed – is dynamic. Nothing is frozen in time. Without proper, ongoing care, all built landscapes and managed environments will experience a slow and steady degeneration until the only remedy is a complete renovation. Even with care, the maturing and aged landscape of 15 plus years can start to outgrow the space.
If you want to avoid a complete landscaping overhaul, it’s best to assess your yard throughout the season to see how the landscape is evolving. By tracking progress and changes, you can be proactive with small fixes and updates, which are often more cost-effective than large-scale landscaping renovations. We suggest taking photos and notes that you keep year-on-year so that you can refer back to previous seasons when assessing your needs.
The Three Seasonal Assessments you Need
Early Spring (March/April) This is the critical first assessment of the new Saskatchewan season before plants are actively growing. Early spring is ideal for assessing hardscape features such as bed and lawn lines because the lack of foliage enables you to clearly see the structure of your landscape( if you can see more than just snow) . Use this time to stage structural work that can be done later in the spring and summer. Take notes that you can return to during your mid- and late-season assessments.
Mid-Summer (July/August) By this time your lawn and gardens are in full swing. Plants are at the height of their growth and everything has filled in so you can clearly see any areas that have become crowded and ones experiencing significant gaps that need to be addressed. The earlier this assessment is done, the more ability you have to schedule both summer and fall work such as pruning, dividing, transplanting and adding plants.
Mid-Fall (October/November) The season is waning and plants are getting ready for their long winter’s slumber. This is when you can assess the failures of the year so you can plan corrections that can happen in the winter. Such corrections include tree removals and corrective pruning as well as late and early season hardscape repairs. Spring will be here before you know it, so now’s the perfect time to start planning for early spring work that will enable you to get a jump on the new season.
When you’re actively assessing your landscape throughout the year, you’re able to provide thoughtful, ongoing management that respects your original design intent while enabling you to take advantage of opportunities to make progressive improvements and adjustments.
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