How to makeover your garden in 5 simple steps
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If you are stood at your kitchen window looking out at your garden, an outdoors makeover may seem like a huge undertaking.
However, in the space of just a weekend you can make a huge difference to the look of your land – something that is comforting to know if you want to be ready to take advantage of the rare sunny summer days that we have in the UK.
Here are a few time-saving and garden-improving tips for you to think about.
Put it down on paper
A good plan can save you lots of time. Sketch your existing garden layout down on paper to help you visualise any changes and make the right choices. It is much easier this way as opposed to spending money on pots and plants only to find that they don’t fit once you have them back in your garden. Graph paper can help if you are trying to keep to scale.
When planning improvements, think about the best views in your garden as it currently is and mark them on your plan. Do similar steps with areas that are sheltered or receive a lot of sun. This will guide you in your choice of flora and also allow you to find the optimal place for a seating area.
Strip it back
Now is the time to remove anything you dislike. You’ll be amazed how much space that you can create by clearing out the clutter. Even plants that are obscuring pretty views or casting too much shade can go.
If you have any dead plants or ones that are diseased then it goes without saying that these should be removed at this point as well. However, be careful when you are removing or cutting back trees as some can be subject to a Tree Preservation Order. The work that you can do on some gardens in conservation areas may also be limited.
Putting new plants back in
Take your plan to the garden centre and map out a planting framework. Place tall, structural plants first. These should be used to provide privacy or hide ugly buildings. After these are in place, you can buy your perennials and smaller shrubs. Remember to pick varieties that offer year-round interest.
When choosing your plants, read the label before you buy them, taking note of the maturity size, soil type and light needs.
Get a BBQ
Nothing can transform a garden quicker than a quality barbecue. This is the easiest change to achieve, you just need to look at the options that you have available to you such as the brilliant Weber Q on a site like this and click on the order button. Simple.
Soon you will have a focal point to your new garden, as well as a reason to invite your friends round to come and see your changes.
Add some comfort
After all your hard work you will want to get out and enjoy your new garden. Seating is really good for this and in nice weather can provide an outdoor extension to your living space.
Think the positioning through (that plan is coming in really handy, isn’t it?) A bench or chair in the right spot will entice you out to enjoy the view. Some of the best locations are in dappled shade and sunny corners. If you have two trees that are large enough, you could even opt for a hammock!