Now you are ready to get down to the work. The beauty of having a plan is that you know where you are going. Even if it takes years to get there, all of your work and expense will be taking you in the right direction. Relax and enjoy the process.
Common sense will dictate some of the work schedule you now should add to your notebook. Most work in most climates will be seasonal, with major planting in spring and fall. Here are some guidelines.
If landscape destruction is involved, do that first. Clear the site.
Do rough grading and the installation of a swimming pool, drainage system, and all underground utilities next. Prepare any large areas of soil while you have the equipment there.
If possible, build structures next. If they are on the waiting list, keep their areas and equipment needs in mind as you plant.
All the money in the world cannot buy the years it takes to grow a large tree. Protect any existing choice trees. You may want to keep less-choice trees for the time being or plant temporary, fast-growing trees until better kinds grow large enough. You may also want to move existing plants that are small enough to withstand transplanting (you can circle the fingers of one hand around their trunks).
When buying those vital trees for framing and shade, get the largest you can afford as soon as you can. They can settle in and grow while you are doing the other work.
In distant spots, start smaller trees and put mulch, ground covers, flowers, or vegetables around them until they spread.
Continued on page 2: More Thoughts to Get You Started