Despite not getting much use out of our gardens, as a nation we love them. The moment the sun’s out we have the BBQ lit, however small our outdoor-space! If like me you live in a city, space is at a premium. It’s therefore important to make the most of your garden whatever its size.
When buyers are looking for a property, particularly at this time of year, outside space is nearly always at the top of the list of requirements. But it’s not all about size. A well designed and inviting garden is a must.
Not everyone wants an extensive garden that needs a lot of maintenance; low maintenance gardens are becoming increasingly popular. Unless you’re a keen, hands on gardener or are prepared to hire a gardener on a regular basis, I would recommend a low maintenance garden. Personally, I’ve opted for astro turf (the ultimate time saver), but there are more natural options such as slow growing and drought resistant turf that helps keep maintenance to a minimum.
When looking at garden design ideas you should begin by deciding how you want to use the space: do you want a grassy area for kids to play in or an entertaining space that catches the sun in the evenings? At the same time you shouldn’t just think about what you want from the space – what would a potential buyer want? Attractive garden design ideas can easily add as much value to a property as an extra room inside would do, so its well worth investing in getting it right.
Designing a garden can be overwhelming and it can be easy to make mistakes, such as putting a shed in the spot that catches the sun all day and a patio in the shade. It may sound obvious but without a clear idea of what you want to use the space for – taking into account the amount of light the garden receives and when, soil type etc. – it can be difficult to get it just right. This is where hiring a garden designer can prove invaluable. An initial consultation costs between £100 and £200.
If your garden is an awkward shape or doesn’t catch much sun this will be money well spent. A garden designer will be able to advise you on how to make the most of the space available. Clever solutions like running the same/ similar floor from inside to out can create the illusion of space, as well as choosing plants that will thrive in low quality soil or shady spots. Planting knowledge and an expert’s advice could easily save you money in the long run.
Of course all gardens do require basic maintenance. Managing trees and borders should be done annually and a gardener will be able to recommend the best time to do this based on the type of hedges and trees that you have in your garden. Other basic maintenance such as weeding and cutting back needs to be done regularly. You can employ a labour only gardener for about £20 per hour a couple of times through the summer to mow the lawn and hoe the borders to keep everything in check.
Spring is the best time to get your garden in order, ensuring you can make the most of the sunny days throughout the summer months!
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