The first thing we need to say in this post is that good things take time.

When spring arrives, our thoughts turn to outdoor living, so the tendency is to start looking around and planning major landscape projects.  You’re envisioning all manner of improvements and upgrades, but you know that time flies.

And that’s the problem.

This post is to help home owners like you learn how to choose the planning lead time for your landscape project.   Let’s face it.  March is not that time!

Available support.

As we’ve pointed out above, the high season for throwing ourselves into landscape projects is spring.  But the most important reason you should avoid spring landscaping is that available support will be limited.

Why?  Because everybody’s thinking the same thing.  Spring is high season for landscape professionals, so planning lead time for your landscape project in the fall is a much better option.  You may even be able to retain a quality contractor for less, during the fall.

Small-scale jobs.

If what you’re planning is on a smaller scale, you’ll still need at least 3-4 months lead time to get it done.  Upgrading existing beds and other small projects may not be very complicated, but it still needs to be scheduled with a contractor and that means providing adequate lead time.

Schedule minor landscaping jobs no later than the early summer if you want them done before the ground freezes.  After that, you’re looking at snow (here in New Jersey, anyway), so that won’t work.

Large-scale jobs.

You may have a vision of a fabulous patio, a pool, or other major changes to your exteriors.  These take considerable lead time for planning and assessment, as well as construction.

Give yourself 6 months to a year to plan for jobs like these.  They’re extremely complex and you want them done right, so rushing them isn’t an option.

Don’t rush.

Rushing your landscape project is one of the worst things you can do.  You may opt for a less than stellar contractor, because you’ve left it until spring and no one else is available.  Hurrying projects along can also result in structural errors which can cost you more, down the road.

Take your time.  Call around to talk to professionals about their schedules and to get estimates on the time they need to accomplish your landscaping goals.  But whatever you do, don’t rush.  Rushing a project through can ruin it before it’s even started.

Contact Creative Images.

If you’re ready to learn how to choose the best planning lead time for your landscape project, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Creative Images Landscape.  We’re professionals who provide transparent time and cost estimates as part of our award-winning customer service focus.

At CI, we believe in creating the most beautiful landscapes possible for our discerning clientele.  We won’t tell you what you want to hear when it comes to planning landscape projects.  We’ll tell you what you need to know and then, create something truly stunning.