Redesigning your garden can be a big project, and as such will require a lot of thinking. I mean creating the perfect oasis to relax in needs to be carefully planned. One of the first things you need to decide on is what type of materials you will be using and how much. For example, if you intend to use aggregates such as red granite for your garden pathway, how much will you need?
Most companies that supply these sorts of materials will have a gravel calculator on their website that will allow you to work out exactly what you need. So, what other types of things should be taken into account when planning a new outside space? We thought we would have a look at five things you should do before embarking on your project.
Make a Plan
Probably the most important thing to do is to create a plan of exactly how you want your garden to look. Why not map out your garden taking into account things like where the sun is present and at what time of day. This will help not only with deciding on plants but also where to place things like seating and relaxation areas. Other things to consider are soil type and even slope as that can affect the type of plants you can use.
Who is your Garden For?
There may be lots of different reasons why you want to redesign your garden. It could be to provide a calm and relaxing space for adults, maybe it is to be used for socialising and outside dining, or as a play area for children and pets. It is essential you have a clear idea of the functionality of the garden to ensure you end up with exactly what you envisaged.
How Easy Do You Want Your Garden To Be To Maintain
How much work do you want to put in to keep your garden looking good? Also, how often do you think you will be taking advantage of it. These are both things to consider when choosing things like plants and other materials. If you are not someone who enjoys pottering around in the garden then you need to choose relevant plants and materials like say astro turf. However, if you have green fingers and your garden is a hobby make sure you choose materials that can meet those needs.
What Style of Garden are you Looking For?
It is important that you have a clear idea of how you would like your garden to look when finished. Quite often the best looking outside spaces are built around a particular theme. Do you like the idea of lots of flowers and colour or maybe a more serene space that is designed for relaxation? If you have a large outside space you may wish to create separate spaces within it. Think about building walkways to offer a clear pathway around your garden. Getting the style right can be a pivotal factor in ensuring you get the most out of your outside space.
Select the Right Plants for Your Garden
This is another important factor in any successful garden, as plants can be used to give any outside space shape and structure. They can be used to create neat borders as well as creating attractive visuals. Remember plants don’t always need to be in borders, think about plant pots and wooden planters to highlight areas without natural soil. Another thing you can do is use ornaments and lighting to ensure your garden appears exactly as you want it to.
Any landscaping project is exciting, and the creation of the perfect outdoor space can be not only rewarding but also add value to any property.