Landscaping Your Garden
Posted on April 20, 2016
Embarking on a landscaping project in your garden can feel overwhelming even if it’s a relatively small or simple project. The main problem is that often there are so many options to choose from – paved patio or decking?Turf or raised beds?Seating area or water feature?
Before you speak to a local landscaping company like us just follow the guidelines below and start to create a picture of what you’d like to achieve. We can then work with you to turn your ideas into reality.
1. SIT IN THE SPACE
Take time to sit in the space that you want to renovate and imagine all the possibilities. This is really as simple as making time to take a cup of tea into the garden and sitting for half an hour thinking about the different options you have for using your garden. Take a notepad with you and jot down some ideas. The best garden designs come from revealing the best in the existing area and by really observing you’ll see what already works well and which areas need help to flourish.
2. MAKE A LIST
Lists make everything better and easier, especially garden makeovers. Write down your list of needs and wants. Do you need a space for a children’s play area, or want a sunny spot for dining al fresco? Prioritising the NEEDS over some of the WANTS will help you to refine your ideas and create a garden that is multifunctional but not chaotic and messy. And remember some ideas can be adaptable so you don’t always have to compromise, a sunken sandpit can be re-purposed into attractive fire-pit in a few years time.
3. WORK WITH MOTHER NATURE
Have a look at the sun and wind patterns in your garden and think about working with them to achieve the best results. Do you know that one area of the garden acts like a natural wind tunnel? If so this probably isn’t the best spot for a built in BBQ or fire-pit! Is there an area that catches the sun all day? Would you like your outdoor eating area here or will you be too hot in direct sunshine? Thinking about all these little things and chatting them through with a landscape designer can help to perfect the garden design ideas you already have.
4. SKETCH IT OUT
Using your thoughts and inspirations from the steps above, start to draw out your garden ideas on paper. It doesn’t have to be to scale or very detailed but it will help you start to imagine what the final result will look like and also might flag up any potential issues.
The next thing to do is to give us a call! We offer a FREE NO OBLIGATION landscaping quote and our garden design team will take your ideas and aspirations and turn them into reality for you.
First of all our Landscaping Manager Richard will pop and see you and talk through exactly what you’d like to create in your garden, he will offer ideas and suggestions to compliment the garden design plans you have. Next we’ll provide a FREE written estimate detailing the work and if it helps we can break it down into individual projects with separate garden design quotes.
We’ll give you an idea of how long the project/s will take and then you can decide whether/when you’d like to go ahead. We aim to keep the whole process as simple and trouble free for you as possible.
How much will it cost?
Obviously we can’t be specific without knowing exactly what you need but we can guarantee you that our rates are competitive and we can break your landscaping project down for you into financially manageable projects.
How long will it take?
When we send out your quote to you we will let you know how long your project is expected to take. Some things can affect the length of a project, like poor weather for example but we’ll always let you know how the work is progressing and whether there are likely to be unavoidable delays.
Will there be a lot of disruption?
We aim to keep any disruption to your home environment to an absolute minimum and we always leave the site looking immaculate at the end of the project. Depending on the work to be done we may need to bring small pieces of mechanical equipment like diggers onsite but will always let you know in advance what to expect.
I don’t know what I want, I just know the back garden needs doing! Can you help?
YES is the answer. We love a garden makeover project and if you’re not 100% sure what you want done we can offer loads of garden design ideas and landscaping suggestions to get the ball rolling. Some garden design projects are a full on transformation whereas others are about re-claiming an overgrown space.