Everyone makes resolutions for the new year. We can’t help it. There’s something about the start of a new year that makes us feel as if we’re starting on a clean slate. Most people make resolutions regarding their health or breaking a poor habit, but what about making resolutions regarding your home space? Resolutions could include whether you want to update your home or your outdoor living area, or simply practicing good landscape maintenance. Here are some tips to help you transition into the new year: 1) Make a plan: It’s important before making any decisions about a new landscape to have a plan first. Discuss all possible ideas with your family (or yourself) and place primary focus on what you want your new landscape to convey. 2) Find the right contractor: There are lots of contractors out in the world, but the key is to find the contracting company that sees your vision and respects it. It’s always a good idea to have a consultation meeting before you make any major decisions, this way you can ask the important questions about budget and a reasonable time frame to finish the project. Also, remember to ask about seeing the designers’ portfolio to see if you like their aesthetic. 3) Repeat after me: maintenance is key. Before you updated your outdoor living space, you need to research proper maintenance techniques. Consider what you want for your landscape and research how hard or easy those ideas will be to maintain once they’re installed. While you may think you want a Japanese water pond, are you willing to take the necessary steps to keep it clean and healthy? 4) Don’t go overboard: When it comes to your outdoor living space, remember that less is more. It may seem like a good idea to have a fire pit and a water fountain AND an outdoor kitchen, but in all honesty, you probably only need one of those things. Consider the size of your outdoor living space and work with it. Most contractors are skilled enough to assess the space and envision what works and what doesn’t.