Planning Your Landscape | Outdoor Living | Pond Project

By: Bobby Kenyon

There are many things to take into consideration when planning a landscaping project for your home. People tend not to think about Landscaping or Outdoor Living until the weather turns warm and the flowers start to bloom. In actuality winter is one of the best times of year to start planning your Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Pond or Water Feature project.

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More Time to Plan and Design: During the winter months landscapers are typically either plowing snow or planning and preparing for the upcoming season. This will give you a window of extra time to meet, plan, and design your landscape project. Instead of waiting till Landscapers are already busy and more than likely booked out for awhile, you’ll be ahead of the game and ready to start your Outdoor Living project as soon as the weather turns.

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Choosing and Ordering Products: Different Outdoor Living materials such as pavers, natural stone, lighting fixtures, outdoor kitchen appliances, fountains, pergolas, fire pits, etc… come in such a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors it can take time to choose which products fit your taste and budget. Some products may have to be special ordered which can give the possibility of added delays. All the more reason planning early will be beneficial to all parties involved.

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Schedule: Those who choose to start planning early will in return be ahead of the pack when it comes to scheduling the work. Instead of waiting until the weather is nice to start to plan, plan early and have your project underway and ready to enjoy when spring arrives!

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Beat the Rush: Spring arrives and the rush begins. Get your project scheduled and planned early and you’ll be the first one in the neighborhood enjoying your new Outdoor Living project.

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Turn Around Time: Between planning, designing, ordering products, scheduling, and the size of the project there can be the possibility for considerable turn around time for project completion.

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Construction Takes Time: Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are quality Outdoor Living projects. Landscape Projects can take anywhere from a day to a few weeks to complete depending on the scale of the project. Understanding this and taking this in to consideration can typically be overlooked by most Homeowners when planning their Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Pond or Water Feature project. Make sure you have realistic expectations of the project duration and scheduling before you approve the work.

Bottom Line, the earlier you start to plan the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy your new Backyard Oasis.

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Author: Bobby Kenyon
Bobby Kenyon is the Creative Solutions Guru for C.E. Pontz Sons who has over a decade plus experience in the Landscape & Water Garden industry . He enjoys long walks on the beach and grocery shopping but has a strong dislike for regular cake and off brand paper towels

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