Landscape improvements can make a tremendous difference in the looks, usefulness and value of your home. While your lawn and landscape may not be the first thing on your mind this time of year, winter is a great time to plan future improvements.

Landscapes consist of many different parts that add to your property’s appeal. Walkways, hedges, trees, flower beds, water features and patios all contribute to your landscape’s overall look and usability. A good improvement plan will take each part of your property into consideration and ensure that all of your new landscape projects work together smoothly.

Even if you’re just making a few improvements right now, a long-range “wish list” results in significant savings in terms of time and money. You will find that with a thorough plan, it’s easier to set priorities, and individual projects can be tackled more quickly because they’ve been thought out in advance.

If you have an older landscape, you might consider a systematic plan for repurposing a small section of your property each year. This is an effective way to spread out landscape renewal expenses. It also allows you to focus your attention on one section at a time. By concentrating on just one or two areas at a time, you can be detail-oriented and not overwhelmed by the larger objective.

By planning carefully now, you set your property on an enjoyable path of constant improvement.