Planning for Success


One of the trickiest parts of gardening is learning to think in four dimensions. Gardens change and develop over time, and that little lilac you put in today could be a 12-foot shrub in five years. Enter the crucial gardening tool: the plan.

A plan helps you visualize how much space you have and how large your plants will get. It also helps you prioritize your garden tasks. By sketching out what you want your garden to look like, you’ll know not to start long-term projects like a perennial bed in a spot that is the future home of your patio.

This garden plan helps keep Amy M on track.

Whether you already love your garden or you’re want to create a new one, the best approach to making a plan starts with the question: how do you want to live in your garden?

Want fruits and vegetables? Find a spot with good sun and drainage.

Have kids or dogs? They’ll need a place to play.

Just want to enjoy sitting and relaxing? Make a place for a hammock or a chair.

And don’t forget spaces for the practical stuff, like garbage cans, grills, and compost heaps.

Once you know how you’d like to live in your garden, then you can think about style. Are you very tidy, or is your house cozy and cluttered? Do you love brilliant colors, or does your ideal garden feature mostly restful green? And most importantly, how much time do you have to maintain this little slice of paradise?

Fortunately, we can help! If you want to renovate your garden, we can help you define a style that’s perfect for you, draw it up, and install it. If you love your current garden but want to make a few changes, we can offer fresh eyes and suggestions to tweak your existing plantings. And if you want more garden than you can possibly handle on your own, we can set you up with a maintenance plan that allows you to do as much or as little of the work as you’d like–we’ll do the rest.

So as spring gears up, consider your long-term plan for the garden. Then give us a call!

Amy graduated from DePauw University with a degree in physics, a lifelong love of theatre, and a problem-solving style that combines the approaches from both those fields. A Master Gardener and long-time communications professional, Amy conducts gardening seminars and blogs about gardening in addition to her work with Spotts.

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