So, you’re thinking about renovating your garden but you’re slightly apprehensive about it all. You’ve got to consider planning, cost, maintenance and a time scale – seems a bit scary on the first inspection, right? Well, we’re here to tell you that renovating your garden, however big or small, isn’t a task that you should shy away from.
Today, we’re going to go through a 5-step plan to make your garden renovation as stress-free and cost friendly as possible!
Make a Plan!
Beginning your gardening renovation is an exciting process that requires creativity and patience. That’s why it’s so important not to rush into buying everything and anything, as this can actually end up doing more harm than good.
It’s important to have a plan of what you want to achieve and a rough idea of how you want your garden to look. Try drawing what you’d like your garden to look like (it doesn’t matter if you aren’t great at drawing!). This is just to give you an idea of how much space you have and therefore what you need to buy to fill that space. It’s a great way to budget and ensures you aren’t left with too much or too little to play with.
If you’re up to it, put your carpentry to the test and try to build your own furniture!
Budget and Make Time
What you buy depends on a number of factors, primarily the size of your garden, budget, and timescale. Have a list of features you’d like to include, don’t just erratically buy garden furniture, ornaments, and plants for the sake of filling space or spending money. Buy the essentials first, sheds, a bench and any plants or flowers you’d like, then work from there.
If you’re thinking about having the main attraction, such as a pond, patio area, pergola or drystone walling then you may want to set aside a specific budget, as these can be expensive to install and maintain. Be realistic about how you want your garden to look and shop around for the best deals!
Choosing your Layout and Design
Once you’ve completed the planning stage, then you can move onto getting your hands dirty. Innovation is key here.
Think about what area of your garden is going to be the focal point and work from there. It’s also important to pick out shaded areas for benches and areas where your plants and flowers will grab attention. There’s no golden rule to creating the perfect garden. It’s all about stretching the limits of your imagination so you can fulfill your garden’s potential.
Look at Asymmetry
If you have a small garden, for example, try incorporating asymmetry and diagonal lines (patio walkways are popular for this). These design features give the illusion that your garden is bigger than it is.
Another fantastic way to add some creative flair to your garden is by introducing levels in the design. Even something as simple as having a few steps leading up to a bench can give your design a quirky edge. You could also raise flower beds up onto platforms, as this again will give your garden some unexpected flair.
Matching with Your Home
This isn’t necessarily a must, but many people try to design their garden to reflect the architecture and/or style of their home. Simple things such as matching your house’s brickwork, granite or even color with your garden’s architecture can make all the difference.
Optimise your Space!
We’ve spoken about space previously, but if your garden overlooks a pleasant view, then you don’t want to plant a tree or place a shed or ornament that’s going to ruin that view. On the other hand, if you’re looking to add more privacy to your garden, you may want to include some larger plants, ornaments or trees to shield yourself from the noise beyond your garden.
Using Existing Features
Whether your garden needs a slight touch-up or a complete overhaul, utilizing what you already have can save you money in the long run. There’s no need to go around uprooting plants and throwing away furniture if it’s perfectly usable. Instead, try to incorporate these into your new design.
Save the Trees! If your garden includes a few big trees that have seen better days, don’t assume they’re better off gone. It might just be some pruning brings them back to life! More often than not, this helps return them to their former glory, meaning they can remain strong centerpieces of your garden for many years to come.
Think about Hiring
While your main aim will be to save money, you might have plans that you simply are not qualified or experienced enough to tackle on your own. This is where hiring professionals come into play. For example, if you’re wanting to completely relay the foundations of your garden, you may want to hire a digger, mini excavator or something that will help speed up the process.
Working with companies that own their own machinery will save you a small fortune. Additionally, they will have a greater knowledge of how to operate the machinery and therefore be faster and more efficient when renovating your garden.
And that concludes our 5-step process to a simple garden renovation! The most important thing to remember is that garden renovation take time, so don’t expect for it to be completed overnight! Enjoy the process and always ask a professional if you’re worried about tackling any larger jobs, especially if they involve operating heavy machinery.