If you are lucky enough to have a garden, the chances are you want to enjoy it at every opportunity. Whether it’s lounging in the sun, tending to plants and flowers, or having a safe space for the children to play. A garden can be your private patch of heaven.
What if your garden just isn’t working for you though? Maybe you can utilise the space better, perhaps you could add some features to help it stand out. Maybe it needs a total redesign.
Well, that is where we come in. Over the years we have helped hundreds of people covert their garden into something special.
Our application of the versatile and stunning artificial grass, Easigrass, means that your garden can retain a perfect green all year round.
So, let’s take a look at what you should consider when planning a garden redesign.
Consider the available space
Grand ideas do not always need a grand amount of space but without measuring out what you have to work with, you could find your garden resembling more of a jumble sale than an attractive haven. Consider what you want the garden to be used for too. Is it primarily a play space for kids or will it be a decorative green space?
Ensure you cover the width and length of the whole garden and remember to factor in any spaces that are currently filled with a shed or other feature.
Once you have the figures, look at the aspect of the garden, this will help you work out which way the garden faces. If you do this at differing stages of the day, you’ll be able to spot shady areas or areas that catch a lot of sun. As you observe, you will be able to determine whether you have a North, South, East or West facing garden.
North facing gardens
These will normally have a lot of shaded spaces for lengthy periods of the day. Lilly of the Valley, Rhododendron or Bergenia are all great floral options for these types of gardens.
South facing gardens
If your garden is south facing, your garden will enjoy the sun for large periods of the day. This means a herb garden will do well, and you can adorn flower beds and hanging baskets with Mediterranean plants.
West facing garden
A west facing garden will get a mix of both shade and sunlight. The shade will tend to be prominent in the morning with the sun hitting the garden during the afternoon and early parts of the evening. Roses and tulips will do well here.
East facing garden
The morning is where the sun treats the garden to its warmth in a west facing garden with the shade coming in the evening. Viburnums will do well in a garden like this.
Create a design
You may have some incredible ideas and now, with your measurements, you can start putting them into practice. A plan will allow you to decide which bits may not be possible, draw out a plan, or two to help you settle on a final idea. You can assess what is critical, work out pathways, figure out which additional features may work and factor in sightlines. You want your garden to remain relatively private. To do this, draw lines on your plan that lead off from windows and doors. Doing this will allow you to work out where best to place furniture. Now you have a design that allows you to keep privacy and utilise space, you can begin the process of looking how to create the theme you want to embrace.
If design ideas are proving hard, look at some of the gardens we have worked on, or browse gardening websites for inspiration.
Consider the materials you need
Whether you hire professionals or chose to do the whole job yourself, the choice of materials will be important. None more so than the lawn. Do you go with real grass or artificial? Will you be incorporating wood, stone or gravel? Perhaps porcelain tiles and modern sculptures are more your thing? Just remember what look you are aiming for. The more natural materials will help create a traditional style garden whilst the tiles and sculptures can help you develop something more modern or contemporary. You can mix the styles up to create something more individual but that is down to you!
Understand your garden
Different surfaces tend to benefit different flowers. Some will thrive, others will struggle. The same can be send for your lawn. This is why may people consider artificial grass for the largest area of space within the garden. It is safe, does not loose its colour and will not require any regular maintenance. Whatever the surface, Easigrass can be laid without causing you concern for your garden. It is also pet safe, so even your animal friends can enjoy your newly refurbed garden area.
Test your soil PH level for flower beds and similar areas. This will then help you know what types of plants and flowers will thrive. It would be beneficial to test the level in various areas as they can differ.
Factor for maintenance.
Your plans may have led you to design a masterpiece with some fantastic looking flowers, maybe a stunning tree and potentially a pond. Are you prepared to keep it supported though? Some elements of a garden will need constant care and attention. Roses will need regular pruning, a veg patch will need attention consistently. A lawn will need mowing. Add to this that if you have any spaces that you fill with a stunning composite decking or soft furnishings, they too will need cleaning and maintaining.
Consider the amount of time it will take
If your garden is going through a complete re-fit, it won’t be completed in a day so devise a timescale to work to. Items such as walls, steps, paths, and ponds should all be done at the start of your project. Ornaments, potted plants, and furniture can all be held back to nearer the completion of the job.
On the other hand. If your flower beds and paved areas are not changing and you have hired professionals to lay a new lawn, you can begin working on those areas prior to your new lawn being laid.
If you are looking at redesigning your garden, speak to our experts. We can organize a site visit to help you put your plan into practice or supply you with a quote to give you an idea of how much the outlay may cost. Contact us now and let us help you make your garden come to life!