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Tips for a Springtime Garden Makeover

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You may still have snow on the ground and icicles hanging from your roof, but it's never too early to start thinking spring! Now is the perfect time to begin brainstorming on your springtime garden makeover, whether you want to add a water feature or some sort of hardscape to your outdoor living space. We have a few ideas to get the wheels of creativity turning and help you create a fabulous springtime garden when the weather warms up.

There is nothing more soothing and refreshing than an outdoor water feature to provide sights and sounds to your outdoor living space. Whether you choose a pond, waterfall or ornamental fountain, water is a lovely addition to your springtime garden. Ponds can take on a wide range of sizes and shapes, so they are perfect for outdoor spaces of any kind.


  • A high quality pump is essential in any pond to keep water clean and provide enough energy for a waterfall, if you choose.
  • If you will be placing fish in your pond and your area gets cold in the winter, make the pond deep enough to keep fish safe and warm during the coldest parts of the year.
  • A professional contractor can help you determine the best type, size and shape pond for your needs and install it correctly so it works properly over the long haul.

A patio is a delightful way to expand your outdoor living space, with room for dining, cooking and socializing. Concrete patios with decorative stamping are beautiful and low maintenance, and the variety of stain colors and stamp patterns ensure these patios work well with any type of exterior home décor. A concrete contractor can help you choose the best size, shape and stain color for your outdoor living space.


  • Make sure you have plenty of room to accommodate your outdoor dining set, grill or any other furnishings you want to keep in your outdoor living space.
  • Choose a stain color that coordinates with the exterior of your home and blends with the rest of your landscape.
  • Add mulch, plants and flowers around your patio to create a lovely natural living space that flows smoothly into the rest of your garden area.

Rock Gardens

Rock gardens offer more than aesthetic quality to your garden; they also provide a xeriscape option that doesn't require much water to thrive. Rock gardens can be traditional, southwestern or Asian, depending on the overall style of your outdoor space. Some sport a smattering of drought-tolerant plants to add color and texture to the space.


  • Choose rocks that coordinate well with your springtime garden; English styles need a less structured look, while Asian landscapes require straight lines and consistent stones.
  • Add plants that require very little water or care to ensure they thrive amid the rocks in your garden.
  • Rock gardens look lovely with a water feature incorporated within the rocks.

Outdoor Kitchens
Homeowners today want a fully functional outdoor living space, and that includes the means to cook their food and mix their drinks without ever having to move indoors. Outdoor kitchens have become as beautiful as they are functional, with complete ovens, sinks and counter space to work. Some include outdoor fireplaces as well – perfect for roasting marshmallows and keeping warm on cooler nights in your springtime garden.


  • Consider how you will use your outdoor kitchen before drafting a design, to ensure you get all the functionality you want from your facilities.
  • If your outdoor patio is subject to plenty of sunlight in the afternoons and evenings, consider a roof or cover over the kitchen area.
  • A contractor who specializes in outdoor kitchens can help you come up with the right design for your needs and landscape style.

Now is the perfect time to begin planning your springtime garden makeover and SignatureContractors can help. Contact us today to find a licensed landscaping contractor in your area and get that outdoor living space ready for the warm weather days ahead!

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