This is the time of year when everyone is slowing down and waiting for spring to plant shrubs and trees. However, the best time to plant shrubs and trees is in the fall and winter. These plants can withstand the cold and wet weather better than the dry and hot weather during unpredictable summers.
Let's get started by drawing out the front of your house or those areas to be landscaped. Use a tape measure to accurately measure the areas to be planted so that the right sized plants can be suggested for this area. The suggestions can be yours if you know how big that particular plant is at maturity. If you don't, use a regional reference book on landscaping.
Landscape plants grow just like any other living creature and it may be it is time to change out those over-grown plants that have been in place for the last 15 to 20 years. Instead of pruning them back dramatically each year, replace them with properly selected dwarfsize plants. Remember, proper plant selection is the answer to lowering the maintenance of your landscape. Look at this project as adding to the value of your property, in some cases, thousands of dollars towards the resale value.