Moving to a new home or building a home is an exciting time. Not only because you get to choose new carpet, paint, and anything else you want to make the home your own, but also because you have a new space for gardening and landscaping. Some could care less what’s planted on their property while others spend every nice day outside weeding, pruning, and keeping their landscaping beautiful.


We chatted with landscaping experts in Denver about the steps to take on a new home including one helpful tip that most homeowners don’t think of until its too late. According to some experts one of the first things to do to your landscaping when moving to a new residence is – nothing. Landscapers want to work, they like to work, but they give valid reasons for waiting a full calendar year before tackling a large-scale landscaping installation.

The strongest reason for waiting a year? You just don’t know what to expect from a landscape or lawn unless you’ve seen it throughout different periods in a year. Think it about this way. If you move to your new home during fall you may point out a couple sickly looking bushes that you want to replace but by spring you’re surprised to find that those bushes have grown and are blooming beautifully. If you had decided to tackle that shrub right away, you’d be missing out on the blooms. You might think you have a perfect area for annual flowers in the spring but when the summer rains come and create massive puddles in that prospective planting area you’ll know you were right to wait.

This doesn’t mean you can’t do any landscaping to a new home, far from it. Small installations, small removals, and other bits of work around the property are perfectly fine, you just don’t want to make any large-scale applications until you know exactly how your property works during different parts of the year.

Your best move when deciding on your landscaping project is to meet with a local landscaping firm to discuss a master plan and the steps to take to watch your lawn and garden. After a year you’ll know what areas bloom in the spring, what areas don’t get enough sun in the summer, and other facts that could make or break any future landscaping projects. It can be tough to wait but after a year you and your landscapers can start the perfect plan fully armed with all the information about the property.