Top Tip for a Perfect Garden Makeover

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Without a doubt, the most important thing to get right when planning any future garden makeover project is to set clear objectives.

Trying to makeover a garden without clear objectives is a bit like building a house without a plan. Only a fool would undertake to build anything without a clear idea of what or how it will all look when completed.

Your objectives should include some or all of the following:

1. Decide what you want to include in your new garden

2. Know what you want to get rid of/or disguise in your garden – eg, that ugly rear fence needs cloaking or finally ridding yourself of that terrible shed, which blocks all your light.

3. Whether you want to increase the time you’re going to spend actually working in your garden, or you want to create a garden where you work less and relax more (the low maintenance garden)

All too often I come across unfinished garden makeover projects. You’ve probably seen them in your own neighbourhood.

Gardens dominated by unfinished patios complete with faded blue tarpaulin; pathways leading to nowhere; large mounds of compacted soil where eventually ‘the lawn will be’, and so on.

The standing joke at every year’s barbeques is when will they get around to finishing it.

Of course there’s nothing funny about unfinished garden projects. There’s nothing relaxing or inspirational arriving home every day from work to be greeted by mounds of earth, overgrown weeds and building materials strewn everywhere.

An unfinished garden isn’t the only consequence of poor planning. It also invariably represents foolhardy spending.

Remember that Saturday morning trip to the garden centre where you loaded your trolley sky-high will all sorts of plants and shrubs that you really have no idea about? Then grabbed a second trolley for those irresistible ‘buy two get one free’ offers? And finally on the way out you treated yourself to an early Christmas present with that third trolley for that special Mediterranean thingy, which you thought would look great on the new patio.

When finally you reach the checkout your bill is something resembling the Third World Debt, but nevertheless you smile through it all telling yourselves it’ll all be worth it in the end.

Outside in the car park you cram and slam all your purchases into your car breaking off branches, leaves and stems as you try and squeeze it all into an impossibly small space.

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