We New Englanders have a tendency to stumble out of our homes after a long, hard winter, blink in the bright sunshine like bears emerging from their dens and say, “Man, the yard looks terrible! We need to spruce things up, maybe think about some new gardens, a tree or even an updated patio…”
The problem is that people don’t think about landscaping until the weather takes a turn toward warmer, blue-sky days and they feel comfortable outside. And that’s exactly the WRONG time to start in on planning a landscape project.
A well-thought-out, carefully designed landscape project needs to be planned months before the weather allows construction to start. If you’re hoping to utilize the services of a landscape professional, it’s important to be aware of the “100-Day Race” – that hectic period that starts in late March, or whenever the season begins where you live, and goes right up until the 4th of July. This is the time when everyone is running to beat Mother Nature’s clock and summer’s heat, racing to make sure that every landscape project is completed before holiday and graduation parties and before the summer vacations begin.
As a result, most landscape professionals begin planning their spring activities during the previous fall. In fact, by the time they’ve wrapped up their autumn projects before the snow flies, they’ve already lined up all their projects for the next spring’s 100-day race. That means anyone looking in March or April to book a significant project for spring is going to be pretty much out of luck, barring any last-minute cancellations.
The bigger question is not so much which month to begin planning, it’s making sure you leave enough lead time to accommodate the size and scope of your landscape project.
There are essentially three types of basic landscaping work for which property owners contract landscape professionals:
If you are in the market for a landscape uniquely suited to your home and your lifestyle, rushing to break ground is the worst thing you can do. If you want to guarantee less-than-satisfactory results or outright failure, rush. It’s the best way to create mistakes and generates increasingly costly construction creep and change orders. If you plan enough lead-time for your project, you’ll save time, money, and headaches. You’ll have plenty of time to consider various options, materials, and elements carefully. So by the time you’ve arrived at the perfect design solution and investment level for your space, you’ll have your planning well in hand and the peace-of-mind that you’ll be getting an outstanding result.
What landscape project are you thinking about? It’s never too early to have a discovery conversation with The Garden Continuum. Request a landscape discovery session today!