The big decision has been made and you are going to redesign your garden; you have ideas a plenty and the design is really coming together but what might you have not considered? What do you need to think about to ensure that your place to relax away from the stress of modern day life doesn’t become a source of that stress.
A huge source of anxiety today can be the relationship with one’s neighbours and you definitely do not want garden construction work to become a source of conflict here. Ensure you discuss your or your garden designer’s plans with your neighbours before proceeding. Whilst we are sure that every care will have been taken to ensure that no planting impinges on their light or borders, it is wise to seek their ‘approval’ before proceeding and to apologise in advance for any noise or construction activity, no matter how minimal this might be.
Room to Manoeuvre
If you are designing the garden yourself make sure that you and your visitors have enough space to move around in. Narrow paths that might become overgrown with enthusiastic planting do not make for an enjoyable outdoor experience. No visitor will want to be scratched or fighti to get through overhanging plants.
Build for Safety
If you are constructing steps down from your patio or decking area, or down to different garden levels, ensure that you cater for all ages and degrees of mobility. The depth of each step should be minimised, while a longer length of step will ensure safe passage. The types of paving materials to be used for patios or walkways should also be considered, so polished stone surfaces such as granite may prove slippery, particularly when wet. Gravel is typically a better surface for pathways.
Underneath the Arches
The use of pergolas and archways made of all sorts of materials can enhance any garden design but ensure that they are high enough to ensure plants trailing over them do not impede the passage through the structure and wide enough to allow climbing plants to flourish and adorn the structure, but not to provide a barrier to navigating it!
Day of the Triffids
As any garden designer learns quickly, it is vitally important to consider the growth potential of the plants you use and compensate for this in your garden plan. If you do not, you will probably need to consider thinning out beds or relocating more abundant plants before the ink on your plan is dry. Give your plants room to grow, and perhaps avoid prolific growers or self-sewers.
You will need to decide at the outset how to allocate your budget. You may, for example, want to outsource design and construction work to a garden designer, or alternatively undertake some or all of the work yourself. Whatever route you take, you need to ensure that you monitor costs at each stage of the process, prioritising budget to those areas you have identified at the start as being important to you. Changing your mind, once a project is underway is probably your biggest enemy when trying to remain within budget.