Redesigning your garden space is an exciting undertaking, full of great possibilities. Taking on such a project, however, requires some consideration. This means, before you rush out to the garden store and splurge on equipment and decorations, you will need to research and plan your design. It may seem laborious but, by doing so, you will ensure that the changes you make are high-quality and long-lasting.
Garden renovations, in particular, require this extra consideration because of their exposed nature. If suitable research is not put into the type of soil your property has, or its drainage, then your installation or landscaping might result in floods during heavy rainfall. So, to help ensure that you have the basic covered, here are the essentials you need to know before redesigning your garden.
Know Your Land
Depending on the extent of your redesign, it might be worth consulting with a professional landscaper or surveyor, so that the ground by your property can be properly understood. By taking this precaution, you will be better able to judge the type of limitations your garden profile allows. Certain luxury projects, such as log cabins, will require a keen understanding of the ground to ensure they do not sink, for instance.
Consider the Seasons
Your ideal garden aesthetic might prosper during summer, with trees offering shade and flowers coming into full bloom, surrounding stunning wooden furniture. However, during winter, their circumstances will change. Deciduous trees will fall bare, offering little protection from the wind and rain, flowers will disappear, and wooden furniture will decay if left unattended. So, when drawing up your ideal garden plan, be sure to consider its year-round vitality.
Look Upward, Too
Landscaping may suggest the horizontal but that shouldn’t deter you from considering the vertical. In fact, some of the smallest garden spaces have been completely transformed with wall gardens and clever use of space. Don’t feel limited by two dimensions because your perfect garden design, may always be possible with three.
Plants serve more than beautiful aesthetics and should be considered with great potential. For example, should you wish to obscure a certain view, add an aroma, or encourage wildlife, then there may be a natural solution. Trees and hedges can be superb wind blockers and sources of shade, with roots that strengthen the ground and prevent flooding damage too, while a plant-like lavender is often appreciated for simultaneously supporting bee populations and filling gardens with a gorgeous scents.
Check Your Materials
Whether or not you plan on growing food within your garden space, it is important to check the chemicals and materials of each product your use and install. The ecology of your landscape is sensitive and even the slightest influence can have significant effects. Before you begin clearing weeds or placing structures within your soil, be sure to how exactly they will affect the surrounding landscape, including (and especially) and sources of water.
Additionally, when choosing to remove plants, ensure you acknowledge the greater role they were playing within your garden environment. The removal of a key asset can also have noticeable knock-on effects.