The Best Time for Landscaping
Once you have moved into your new home and all the unpacking and furniture arranging (and rearranging) is out of the way, it is time to think about what you are going to do with the outside of your house. If you live in an apartment or condo, this will likely just come down to the question of what to do with your balcony. If you have a full yard though, you will need to think about what kind of landscaping you want to do. Whatever landscaping projects you are interested in, it is important to know when to start, and when you will need to be finished by, especially in a place with extreme weather like Ottawa. Many people might think that summer is the optimal time for landscaping and planting, but this isn’t actually the case.
Spring is a good time to perform landscaping work, as long as you are sure that there is not a late frost coming to ruin all of your efforts. The cooler weather will make working outside less of a chore than during summer’s blazing heat. Planting shrubs, perennials, and trees during the spring months will give them a chance to grow and acclimatize to their environment before the scorching summer hits. Other landscaping work, such as patios, decks, and rock gardens, are not as season dependent, but you are likely to enjoy the work a lot more without dealing with the heat, sun, and bugs that always come around when summer hits. Getting landscaping work done during the spring has the added benefit of keeping your schedule clear for the summer, and lets you enjoy the fruits of your labour for summer holidays.
Although many people use the summer as the time for landscaping, it is not the best season for it. The heat and relentless sun can be very hard on new plants, and makes them require more water. It is also a harder and less pleasant time to work outside, with the risk of exhaustion, heatstroke, and bug bites. On the other hand, summer is when many landscaping companies are available to work, so if you are having someone else do the work for you then summer may be the time to do it.
It may be a surprise, but fall is another good time to perform landscaping work. It has many of the same advantages of spring, although without a warm and sunny season afterwards for plants to mature. The cooler weather and weaker sun will give plants a change to get established before the winter cold hits, and some cool weather plants like lettuce can actually mature and be ready for harvest before the end of fall. The trick is to make sure that all your planting is done before the first frost hits. An additional benefit of fall is that many stores, and possibly some landscaping and outdoor construction companies, will have sales on as their business winds down for the year. This can be a great opportunity to get your lawn and garden supplies for a good price.
Many people see summer as the time to get their yardwork done, but there are many advantages to landscaping in the spring and fall. Why not give it a try, getting your planting and any construction done in spring, and enjoying the fruits of your labour all summer long?