7 Reasons to Start Your Spring Landscaping Project Right Now

Alison Kasch
Written by Alison Kasch
Updated January 31, 2022
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The early bird gets the worm

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When you’re living in your jammies and sipping on bottomless mugs of cocoa, it’s hard to imagine anything green—let alone an entire landscaping project. Even if there’s still snow on the ground, it’s never too early to start your spring landscaping plans. Here’s why now is the perfect time to get the root ball rolling.

1. You’ll Have More Time to Dedicate to Landscaping

Once the holidays pass and there’s no more leftover pie to gorge on, you’re likely facing the slowest part of your whole year. ‘Tis the season for Netflix binges, crosswords, and watching the days slowly drag by. 

Why not use this time to perfect your landscaping plans? Since you’re stuck inside anyway, start researching plants you’re interested in, as well as thinking about the trouble spots in your yard that you’d like to fix come spring.

2. Landscaping Pros Won’t Be in Their Busy Season

Spring is the quintessential month for planting projects, which means everyone and their dog will be looking for a landscaping company. 

By contacting a local landscaping pro ahead of the rush, you’ll have an easier time securing the right company for the job. They’ll also have more time to give you some landscaping ideas, with plenty of opportunity for trial and error.

3. You’ll Have the Best Plant Selection

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Winter is the perfect time to get your ducks in a row for spring landscaping, since you’ll have the first pick of the year’s offerings. Sneak into your local garden center or dollar store as soon as they set up stock for the fullest selection of seeds. 

Get your orders in with plant nurseries before they sell out. Once the snow begins to melt, buyers will rush through and you could get left with slim pickings.

4. Plants in Dormancy Are Easier to Relocate

Like so many lucky critters, plants hibernate during the winter—this is formally known as their dormancy period. Since they’re not actively growing, they have a much greater chance of success if you need to move them to a different spot. 

When they’re in their active cycle, they have a much greater likelihood of transplant shock, which can kill them or take years to recover from.

5. There’s Potential for Discounts

Many landscaping companies offer exclusive discounts and promotions during their less-busy seasons. You could get a good chunk taken off landscape design services and even plants. 

Get in touch with landscaping services in your area to find out whether they’re running any specials. Again, you’ll have ample time to shop around for the best deal.

6. You Can Lock in an Early Spring Date

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The earlier you can (safely) get your springtime plants in the ground, the more time you’ll have to enjoy them. Booking early with your landscaping company will allow you to secure the earliest dates available.

 If you wait until the last minute, you’ll probably get stuck waiting behind the people who thought ahead. Be one of those people. 

7. You Can Take Things at a Chill Pace

Winter seems to last forever but once spring hits, it hits fast. You think you have time to plan your landscaping project, then all of a sudden you’re scrambling around like a squirrel looking for buried peanuts. The clock ticks and you need to make decisions fast—before the plants get sold out and the landscaping companies are booked solid.

When you start early, there’s no rush, FOMO, or urgency. After you get tired of working on that puppy-dog floor puzzle, you can resume your plans and research. Since you’ll have optimal breathing room on your schedule, you are more likely to come up with a plan you’ll absolutely love

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