Staring out the window at a blanket of fresh snow, I find it hard to believe that spring is just around the corner, and my now dormant plants will soon burst forth with the sights and smells that usher in the season of rebirth. Yes, as of today, spring is a short thirty one days away, and there is no time like the present to start planning for spring and summer than right now!
But where do I start? I, like most people, daydream all winter about what a magnificent showplace my yard will be all summer. Garden clubs will come knocking begging ME for advice! By the end of summer, reality smacks me in the face, as well as the overgrown weeds and unkept shrubs: I am a total gardening SLACKER! I have come to the conclusion that I want to enjoy my yard, not be a slave to it. I want it to look like I have spent countless hours in my gardens, when in reality, I'd rather be sipping a glass of wine on my patio. So, this year I have decided to enlist some help.
First, I am going to look at what I'm starting with: a ton of mulched beds with a total lack of plant material therein. What do I want to keep? What can go? Do I want high maintenance plants, or do I want effortless gardens? What is important to me: color, scent, summer long blooms, fall foliage? Most importantly, how much do I want to invest? At the end of the day, if I come up with a grand planting scheme that I cannot afford, it is not worth the paper it was drawn up on.
Next, I have to decide how I am going to finish my beds. I love mulch, I really do. Nothing makes me happier than a fresh coating of mulch in the spring. However, I hate the upkeep and yearly expense of it all. Perhaps this year I will install stone in my beds? Or is mulch something I cannot live without?
Finally, I have to think about the season long maintenance of it all. Am I willing to invest the time and energy that is required to maintain beds all spring, summer and fall long? This means pruning, weeding, fertilizing, and other general maintenance items. I truly envy people who say, "I LOVE being in my garden all day in the summer", because trust me, I don't. What I hate even worse are weedy, overgrown beds that look more like the Adams' Family house than our respectful little abode.
So, I have finally decided this year that I will no go it alone. I will get some planting advice, install the mulch on my own, and then pay to have it maintained. Lucky for me, I know a guy. :)
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