Renovating a landscape means different things to different people. To some, it means rejuvenating an existing landscape by bringing life back into a neglected or overgrown yard. To others it may mean a complete renewal of their property - a whole new look, reflecting a desire for total change.
Why renovate? Many reasons convince people to renovate their property. Unlike a building or other architectural structures, the landscape is constantly changing. It changes from year to year and season to season, even from day to day. Plants die, lose limbs, flower or produce colorful fruit, remain cloaked in foliage the year-round or shed their leaves in winter.
Plants out grow their original location in the yard and become a maintenance headache. They seemed so small when first planted, but now they have taken over the yard. When the landscape reaches this stage, it is ready for total renovation.
Another reason people renovate is their uses for a landscape change over time or they may just want a new look. Lifestyles change, perhaps the children are grown and moved away and now the yard is used differently.
A busy schedule may prevent a homeowner from working in the yard as often as necessary to keep it properly maintained.
Either all or part of the landscape can be remodeled, depending on the site conditions and the desired results.
Regardless of the size of the project, always begin with a plan.
We have several good publications on renovating the home landscape and plant materials for Georgia available at the County Extension Office.
If you are thinking about renovating your yard this is the ideal time of year to do it. Over the years plants have been bred to meet the needs of our new generation.
If proper planning is done, plants can be selected that will fit the spot for years to come with only a minimum amount of pruning.