Let’s face it, our gardens are precious to us. If you’ve got one then you’re very lucky to have an outdoor space that you can call your own.
Our gardens can be sanctuaries, outdoor spaces that are an extension of our house, that we can visit to calm our minds and sooth our souls; being in nature has an extremely positive affect on our state of mind.
There’s nothing better than being able to relax in your garden after a long day at work.
So, if your garden is currently not exactly a paradise, you may be considering re-designing the space to better suit your needs.
If you are, there are probably a few things that you haven’t thought about that are important to the re-design process.
Here are 5 things to consider before redesigning your garden:
1. Start planning in Winter
Planning is an essential part of garden design or re-design. You may think that planning is a waste of time, but I guarantee you that this will save you time and money down the track, and ensure that you end up with a great garden.Planning your garden re-design in the colder months gives you a longer lead time so you don’t have to rush things. Planning in Winter and planting in Spring, will ensure that your garden thrives. Whether you sow seeds or use already grown plants in your garden, they have a better chance to thrive as the weather gets warmer. It also gives you the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of your labour in the warmer months.
2. Decide what you want from your garden
Before you start planning your garden re-design, think about what you want from your outdoor space. The functionality of the garden will have an effect on the design, so take some time to think about this.
Think about things like:
- How much time will I spend in the garden?
- Do I want to be able to grow food?
- Do I want to be able to cook/entertain/eat in the space?
- Do I want a space where I can read a book/ relax and have some down time?
- Do I want my garden to be a haven for wildlife?
- Do I want a pond in my garden to attract wildlife?
- Do I need storage space in the garden?
- Do I need space for the kids to play?
3. Determine your budget
Unfortunately, a budget has a large influence on your garden re-design. You will need to calculate your budget to determine how much you’re able to spend on preparing the space, buying plants and any additional extras like pathways, ponds etc. Once you’re worked out a budget, you’ll know how muchor how little you can do to the space.
Top tip: To save money on plants and stretch your budget a bit, you can start collecting cuttings from friends, family and neighbours to grow whilst you’re planning the re-design andpreparing the space.
4. Assess the space
Now that you know what you want from the space, you’ll need to assess the space to determine what it can give you. Size, shape and location will all have an effect on what your garden can give you.
Don’t forget to consider in which direction the sun comes from at which time of the day, so you can maximise the amount of sun that falls into your garden.
There are lots of things to consider when re-designing your garden, but here are some things that you may not have though about.
Reduce your lawn size
This may seem strange but it will actually enhance your space. Having a smaller lawn means having more space for those gorgeous plants; by having more planted areas, you create more visual interest.
Think about a useable garden room
The weather doesn’t always deliver as expected, so having a garden room can increase the amount of time you’re able to spend in your garden. If it’s placed at the end of the garden, it can be used as a sanctuary and act as the end of a journey through the garden.
While it may be easy to just clean old paving, this may not be the answer. Keeping your existing paving will limit your design. Rather, think about something new that fits into your design. There are so many options available; your paving could make or break the space.
You can use your paving to create interesting pathways through the garden, or use it to extend the inside of your house into the outdoor area, the possibilities are endless.
Whether it’s a barbecue or wood fired oven that you’re after, cooking and eating in your garden is a joyous experience. It will increase the amount of time you spend in the space, and allow you to entertain as well. Sharing your outdoor space with friends and family is all part of the experience.
Think about attracting wildlife
Why not create a haven for wildlife? Attracting wildlife to your space will bring you joy, there’s nothing better than sitting and watching butterflies and bees buzz around the garden. It also gives them a safe place to flourish, as most developed areas have taken over their habitat. Bee hotels are hugely popular, and add a quirky feel to a garden space, and the kids will love it too.
DIY or hire a Pro
Whether you do it yourself or hire a pro will depend on a few factors. Do you have the time, skills, tools and motivation to do it yourself? Do you have a limited budget?
Re-designing your garden doesn’t have to be stressful and time consuming. If you put the effort in at the start, you’ll save time down the track. We want your garden to turn out to be everything that you hoped for.
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