If you're like many people who've recently fallen in love with vintage properties and purchased an older home for the purpose of restoring it to its former glory, you're probably excited about bringing the neglected lawn and garden area back to life as well. After all, vintage properties usually feature mature landscaping in the form of gracefully spreading shade trees, rambling roses, and cottage garden style perennial borders. However, like vintage homes, vintage yards and gardens have often been neglected to the point where restoring them requires substantial effort — and that effort can be well worth it in the end.

Following are just three of the many things you need to know before you tackle the challenge of restoring a vintage landscape to its former beauty.

Old Trees May Need to Be Removed

Although it's difficult to think about removing a beautiful old tree, there are times when it needs to be done to protect the home as well as for the safety of household inhabitants and neighbors. Old trees often have weak wood that blows down easily during periods of high wind or heavy snow. A qualified arborist can tell you whether the trees on your vintage property should be removed.

Patience is Important When Restoring a Neglected Landscape

It can take up to a year before you'll be able to develop a clear vision for your yard and garden renovations. For instance, if you bought your vintage home in autumn or winter, you'll need to wait until spring and summer to see what herbaceous perennials are present, which fruit trees are producing well, and which parts of your outdoor living space receive shade or sun. You'll also get a good idea of the overall condition of the lawn and be able to make a good decision about whether it can be restored or whether it should be torn out and reseeded.

You'll Need to Take Things One Step at a Time

The biggest mistake many people in your position make is to try to renovate their neglected landscape in one season. It's best to take things one step at a time. For instance, focus on the front yard before moving on to the next part. This way, you're able to focus on each individual area instead of having your attention scattered through different areas of the yard, and you'll end up with a more pulled-together result in the end.

For additional help and information on landscaping, contact a local landscape design contractor.