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By January 1, 2013

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Do you make New Year's resolutions regarding your yard? I suspect that when plant-lovers decide to overhaul a landscape for the following spring, it's often a decision that has evolved over time. For example, perhaps an invasive plant such as Japanese knotweed has taken over a part of your yard, and you plan on eradicating it next spring (so that you can better utilize the space, eventually). picture of monarch butterflyIt's a plan probably grounded in years of grumbling -- not a snap decision made on January 1.

But whether we can, technically, dub such plans "New Year's resolutions" or not, there's no doubt that resolving to make changes to our yards is at the very heart of what it means to be a landscaping enthusiast. And the importance of planning to us goes well beyond getting the details right; for there's a psychological element, too. As I argue in my article on New Year's resolutions, they would serve a useful purpose even if we broke them all! It's the state of being resolved that matters most: It gets us through the winter, allowing us to keep our sanity until our precious spring flowers return to us.

New Year's resolutions for the yard can take many forms. They can be as complex as building patios and as simple as growing plants that attract butterflies, such as the beautiful monarch (picture).

More: Top New Year's Resolutions

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