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Posted 09/10/2023

Gardening for Your Home: How to Plan and Build a Landscape That Suits Your Needs

Gardening for Your Home: How to Plan and Build a Landscape That Suits Your Needs

For many of us, the garden is an essential part of our home, especially in the summer months. Whether you have a small garden or a large one, outdoor space can allow us to connect with nature, socialise with friends and family or provide a play space for kids and pets. 

But keeping a garden neat and under control is not always an easy task. Whilst many people find gardening good for their mental health, and an enjoyable hobby, it takes time and effort. So, it’s important to consider your needs when you’re planning your outdoor space. Otherwise, you may end up with something that starts out looking beautiful but quickly becomes overgrown and messy. In this blog post, we take a look at how you can plan and build a garden that works for you and your schedule.

Consider the purpose of your space

The first step to take when planning any project is to consider what you’re going to use the space for. There’s no point in investing in beautiful ornamental planting if you primarily want room for your family to run around, or opting for a lot of manicured lawn if you want to grow your own produce. 

Take some time to sit down with everyone involved and discuss what you want to get out of your garden, and then start to draw up some plans to make sure that everything is incorporated. If you’re struggling to visualise how everything will come together, you could always consult a garden designer, who will be able to make suggestions, especially around what type of plants might best suit your needs.

Consider the time you have to offer

Even if you wish for a beautiful garden with lots of flowers in it, there’s no point in planting one unless you have the time to commit to caring for it. Research shows that gardeners spend around two hours a week on maintenance tasks on average, and that’s before you start planting specific varieties that need a lot of attention. 

That doesn’t mean that you can’t create an amazing space – low-maintenance gardens can be visually striking but without all the fuss. Removing lawn space and making sure that you use native plants, which will be happy with the light and water level your garden naturally offers are both good starting points. It can also be a good idea to consider using pots, as they will limit the size that your plants will grow to, and allow you to move them around as you wish. 

Consider your budget

The most crucial part of any project is your budget. If you’re planning a full garden makeover, complete with major landscaping, you’re going to need to ensure you have the funds to pay contractors to do it, or at least hire the equipment. 

If funds are tight, then there are plenty of ways you can create a garden on a budget. Look for reduced plants at your local garden centre, or swap seeds with friends and family. You can even look out for free or cheap compost bins, plant pots or seedlings on second-hand sites.It may take time to get everything looking how you want it to, but you’ll certainly feel the sense of reward when you see the results of your hard work.