Windswept Landscape Studios  
Spring 2008
The Heights Pages Spring 2008 Article by Tim Turner
People always ask me, “When is the most ideal time for installing and planning my outdoor space?” Responding to this question has always been a challenge, since seasons can vary from year to year.
Like the constant evolution of a landscape, Houston weather can have inconsistencies within each season. For instance, one summer might bring rains of biblical proportions, while in the preceding year we might be rationing this precious resource. The following guide is what I recommend to my clients and fellow garden enthusiasts regarding the planning and installing of a landscape that coincides with the seasons.

Winter and summer are the best time to plan your outdoor space by putting together a landscape design, while fall and spring are the most ideal times for actually commencing a landscape master plan. With reference to how Houston’s climate defines the seasons, a landscape project can sometimes overlap into one or more seasons depending on its size and scope.

Thinking about landscape is the last thing on most of our minds when it is grey and cold. However, this is an excellent time to start planning for your spring landscape project. Establishing the design parameters of the landscape project and moving forward with a master plan design will put you head and shoulders above the spring frenzy. This eliminates the stress of trying to not only putting together a design layout at the last minute, but also installing it in the spring before the scorching summer arrives.

Once summer does indeed arrive, another window of opportunity for planning your landscape project arrives for fall installation. During August & September, very few are brave enough to venture out during midday broiling temperatures, with the exception of late evenings or early mornings.

Whether taking on an entirely new landscape project or renovating an existing space, it is important to factor in good planning in conjunction with the seasons of Houston’s climate to design and install your outdoor space.

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