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6 things to do before starting a garden landscaping or design project

It’s time to get your garden ready for a summer of enjoyment! We spoke to Ricky from Pride Landscape and Design to find out 6 ways you can prepare for your next garden project, before hiring a gardener or landscaper.

Once you’ve watched the video, discover how much value you can add to your home with certain garden improvements. We’ve pulled out some interesting facts and figures from The Rated People Home Improvement Trends Report: 2021, further below.

Keep it tidy

If you’re one of the 47% of homeowners planning to improve your garden in 2021, Ricky suggests dedicating a space for grass cuttings and leaves, as one of your first steps.

Skip to 0:16 to find out how doing this can improve your garden’s health and save you money.

Check your ground conditions

Garden with blooming flowerbeds and decorative garden chair

Did you know that having mature plants, trees or flowers in your garden could add £3,716 to your home’s value? Skip to 0:37 to understand why it’s important to check your ground before planting greenery.

Know your soil type

As you’ll see Ricky do in the video, using maintenance or landscaping tools to check your soil is important. After all, it’s the foundation for most front, small and back garden landscaping work (planned by 10% of homeowners for 2021).

Skip to 0:59 to hear how your soil type could affect your garden landscaping project.

Sun and shade

Wooden patio with freestanding egg chair, wicker furniture and plants

Plenty of BBQs with friends and family are on the cards this summer! Wow your guests with an outdoor entertaining area that’ll allow for al-fresco dining and add £4,286 to your home’s value, too. Plus, a decked or paved patio could increase your home’s value by over £4k.

Skip to 01:20 to hear Ricky’s top tips for finding the best place to put a patio or feature area.

Research and budget

There are plenty of garden DIY jobs that you can do, but a professional gardener’s touch will never go amiss. 21% more gardening jobs were posted on Rated People in 2020 compared to 2019, so UK homeowners are getting more and more serious about their outdoor space.

Skip to 01:44 to discover what information you should be looking for to give to your gardener or landscaper.

Vision

Looking for some visual landscaping inspiration? Check out our gardening and landscaping Pinterest board for pictures to help you envisage your dream garden.

Skip to 02:05 for Ricky’s advice on how to use images to get your garden vision across to your landscaper.

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7 Comments

  1. Fine if you are starting from scratch with a new garden – working on a mature garden is quite different and requires a gardener who can do what is required without trashing the rest of the garden, or stepping on or breaking off what is already there, as he works. .

  2. MY GARDEN POND HAS A LEAK. ROUGHLY 10FT WIDE, I NEED SOMEONE WHO WILL HELP ME DRAIN, LOOK FOR LEAK, OR INSTALL A NEW LINER, I LIvE IN NORWICH.

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