With the festive season almost behind us, our homes and gardens can feel a little sad without the glitz of festive lights and decorations, and it’s easy to experience a post-holiday slump. The New Year brings with it new ideas and a fresh perspective, so it can be the perfect time to think about making changes to your garden and outdoor spaces. Your garden should be relaxing, easy to move through, and not too hard to maintain. Paths and structures must be simple to navigate, while the plants selected must provide interest and serve a function, which brings me to garden design and landscaping.
Garden Design and Landscaping:
Adding a garden or improving on one can increase the value of your home, and even improve your chances of selling it. Keep in mind that landscaping is more than greenery – it includes lighting, fences, rock features, paths, ponds and more. So even if your current trees and plants are attractively laid out, they may still be greatly enhanced by a curving pathway, bench and a few well-placed lights.
Smart landscaping can add interest to your lawn and boost your curb appeal. But you don’t need to break the bank to make a big impression. Use these professional tips to add colour, texture, functionality, and points of interest to your landscape.
- Make sure your pathways are wide enough for comfortable passage.
- Outdoor steps and stairways should ascend gently.
- Ensure that any paving provides secure footing. Avoid slick surfaces or loosely set pavers that wobble.
- Leave plenty of headroom under archways, arbours, and pergolas.
- Give your plants room to grow. You can plant quick-growing, short-lived ‘filler’ plants to temporarily bulk up your plantings.
- A lawn can be costly and labour intensive to maintain, but no other surface is quite so comfortable for lounging, or so resilient and forgiving for play. Nor can any planting take the kind of foot traffic that lawns regularly endure.
- The right plants, used the right way, can actually add comfort and utility to your garden. Conifers and broad-leaved evergreens can protect your garden from harsh winds.
- Large-scale perennials or ornamental grasses can make an “instant” privacy screen.
- A well-placed tree or tall shrub border can provide a shady oasis in the heat of a summer’s afternoon.
Accessories & Tools:
Whether you have an established garden or you’re planning a new project – there’s a lot of ground work to do. A range of hand tools, garden care tools, spades and accessories will help you with almost any job around your flower and vegetable beds.
Some nurseries specialize in one phase of the process: propagation, growing out, or retail sale; or in one type of plant: e.g., ground covers, shade plants, or rock garden plants. Some produce bulk stock, whether seedlings or grafted, of particular varieties for purposes such as fruit trees for orchards, or timber trees for forestry.
Planters & Pots:
Start a garden that is as versatile as it is beautiful with the huge selection of planters and pots available. A full range of flower pots, urns, barrels and more makes it easy to display plants and flowers all around your home.
Paving, kerbs and cobbles:
The first question about paving is, what is the paving going to be used for and what kind of pavers are you wanting? Answering these questions will put you on the right track with regards to the look and practicality of the area you are wanting paved. Edgings and kerbs can significantly improve the final appearance of a paving project, lending it that finished look. There is such a wide range of kinds, shapes and colours to select from, and some you can make yourself. If you’re in any doubt, look for expert assistance. If the outside looks as good as the inside, then you’ll be adding more value to your house.
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