Although detailed and complex, the process can be enjoyable if taken a little at a time. You will not regret spending the time doing it properly. When you have finished, you will have a master plan - or a masterful design - to show for your efforts. In the case where the words "blueprint" seem concrete, you can find the idea of a "long-term plan" less fixed but no less useful in accomplishing the big and small goals that add up to a satisfactory landscape. Before putting a pencil on paper or planting flowers, take the time to determine what you want to accomplish in your landscape. Much of the planning and design will happen in your head when you think of ideas and think about what you like the most.
Provide intermediate spaces in the newly planted garden so that these open areas are not overgrown with weeds. One option is regular mulching with an organic material, such as pine fines, jagged leaves or double-hammered hardwood mulch. All of these mulches suppress weeds, appear attractive, retain moisture and protect and build healthy soil. Deficiencies can also be filled temporarily with annuals for a few years, provided they are not overcrowded or compete with permanent plantations. Do not over-populate plants during initial planting to create an "unstable landscape" (Figure 19-45).
There is a lot of equipment that goes hand in hand with yard maintenance: lawn mowers, snow blowers, sprinklers, rakes, tillers, and so on. Some policies provide coverage, and some do not. The best thing to do is to check the wording of your policy, or talk to your agent, to make sure you have coverage for all your landscaping tools. At Square One, instead of applying a percentage of your insurance to cover landscaping, we allow you to choose the amount of coverage you need with our landscaping, fencing cover and gardening equipment. The best news is that it will be in addition to your building cover, not a part of it.
Gradually progressing through the initial steps, you will move on to planning and end up having a finished design. Landscape professionals will tell you that a master plan is the key to any landscaping project or solution. A blueprint is more than a design or a design - it's a well-thought-out plan that includes design. This allows you to be sure you are on the right track to build the landscape that suits you and your property. Any project becomes more achievable when you are ready to complete the step-by-step plan. Be realistic about what you can accomplish each year. Many people enjoy working - and budgeting - on the basis of a five-year plan.