Assessing Your Landscape

As spring arrives and our thoughts turn to landscaping, take time to assess your landscaping needs for the coming year. Like many things we live with day-to-day, we tend to overlook elements that detract from the overall appearance of our homes.

Start by standing back from your home (or driving by) and evaluating your yard with "new" eyes. Get an overall impression. What do you see first? What stands out? Does my home sit comfortably in its surrounding? Does it look inviting? Is the main entry clearly defined? Do you have privacy? Are there any views to accentuate or hide?

Look for problem areas - landscaping is more than aesthetics. Plantings against a foundation can trap moisture, increasing the possibility of rot and insects. Dead or dying trees run the risk of falling on your home. Erosion and drainage issues, left unchecked, easily lead to bigger problems.

Put your impressions in writing and make a plan to fix problems areas and build on the positive attributes. Do your homework and select plants that fit your site conditions - sun, soil, moisture, pests. Careful planning before planting is key to successful landscaping.