Spring planting may seem like a long ways away now, but it will honestly be here before you know it.  If you are a contractor or a home owner that installs a lot of annuals in your spring planting, then winter is a great time to lay out your plan of attack.  A good way to lay out your spring planting is to determine how many plants that you will need.  A plant calculator is a great way to figure out the growing space that your plants will require.  It will also allow you determine how many plants you need to fill in large areas as well.  A great tool to use is found here.  It is important to understand how the landscape calculator works so that you have an accurate count for your spring planting.  This particular calculator works by offsetting each row of plants.  Offsetting your plants allows you to properly fill in all of the space in the landscape bed.

Spring Planting

What plants should you use for spring planting?

Your design may be simple and only encompass one variety of plant.  This is quite simple and only requires a proper head count of the plants.  If you are creating a design that encompasses several different types of annual flowers, they you will need to break your project out into separate sections when you are figuring plant material.  First figure out the square footage of growing area that each plant is going to be planted in.  Then calculate how large each plant will grow or spacing in inches.  If you have trees you can deduct for them as well.  Once all of your information is entered in the calculator, you can calculate the number of plants that you will need.  If you are trying to fill in the space with the least amount of plants, choose annuals that grow wide.  You will need less plants to fill in the same amount of space.  You can also purchase larger plants to start with, this will also affect the design as well.