Spring is the time for great works to take shape, when inspiration strikes and when winter planning can finally come to fruition! With spring nearly upon us, but while still firmly in the grasp of the frigid winter days, it is starting to feel like the right time to move from the planning phase to the making it happen phase for spring.

If you’re feeling this way – and sure, you may be jumping the gun a little – know that you are not alone! Lots of people are feeling the need to get out and shake off the cabin fever!

Wether you’ve just started planning or you’re already itching to get started, remember that the key rule to making a beautiful outdoor space is patience. When you’ve got the patience, you can clearly see the big picture and what you really want to get done first. Since most homeowners have a laundry list of things to deal with every year, sometimes the bigger picture can be forgotten or just sidelined while the important yearly tasks are taking place.

Taking small steps in your yard every year is the way to transform it into your paradise. The best things in life take time to create, and it’s no different with a home! Remember that taking small steps will net big results as they continue to build on one another year after year. Never get discouraged, remember that these projects are never really done anyway!

A great way to approach designing your yard is to think about it like you would an indoor space, without the walls. Each section of the yard can have a particular purpose, and the features you include will reflect that purpose. Planting large bushes privacy, for example, so you can stop staring into your neighbor’s yard or window (which is something you can both appreciate). It’s purpose then becomes to provide privacy, acting as a wall around the yard.

Have a ‘pond’ of sorts that really feels more like a mud pit? The space might be better used as something of a zen garden. Try filling this kind of space with a smooth gravel or with stones, and in the center consider adding a feature like a bubbling boulder. This way you can get the calm feelings associated with water in your relaxation space without having to stare at a glorified mud pit that only encouraged your children and dog to constantly track mud inside.

Taking it one step at a time, solving one problem at a time, is how you get to having an amazing outdoor space. Doing these projects yourself is no problem so long as you have planned out the proper timeframes to finish them, haven’t bitten off too much to finish in the available time and you have the budget to get it done!