How To Complete A Garden Transformation This Spring*
At this time of the year, we’re all starting to think a lot more about getting out into the garden and enjoying the outdoors. Yet, if you’re looking out of the window at a garden that doesn’t look all that inviting, you may be put off. Plus, if the space isn’t in any kind of the condition for the kids to enjoy, then it can feel a little bit overwhelming. Because you know that in reality, the garden looking the way it does right now, that none of you can truly get out there and enjoy it! And this isn’t always anything to do with your actions. It tends to be that over the winter, we kind of just leave the garden alone. After all, it’s too cold to get out there and do anything to it.
However, this does then mean that the garden is looking a little worse for wear come spring. And when you now want to get out there and enjoy it, you know that you have to catch up on some work. And sometimes, it may even be the case that you need to do a complete transformation! If your garden really is looking shabby, or you know that what’s out there already doesn’t really serve you, then you need to get to work. Yet, the idea of transforming the space can seem like a lot of work. So let’s break it down. Here’s how you can do a complete garden transformation this spring.
Assess The Space
The very first part that you need to work on here, is being objective and actually seeing what you have to work with. If you have a small garden or an oddly shaped garden, you need to take that into account and figure out how this is going to work best.
Know What You Want
When you’ve been realistic about what you’re working with, you can then match that up with your perfect garden. Start to think about the things you want from your garden. Maybe you want a kid’s play area? A dining space? A sunspot? A reading nook? A water feature? Either way, know what you want to fit in during the transformation.
Consider Getting Help
At this stage, you might want to think about how this is all going to work out. Do you intend on doing all of the work yourself? Or would you like to find a designer to help you come up with a plan? It may even be that you want to hire someone to do the digging or just build the patio, or rip everything out. Sometimes, you may just need a bit of help, rather than a full service.
Decide On The Design
Then, whether you decide that you want to do this on your own or get some professional help, you need to decide on the design. So it’s important for you to identify the design style that is going to best suit your lifestyle and the kind of garden you want to create. When you’ve firmed up a design style or theme, you can then finalise what you’re trying to build.
Clear The Space
And now, it’s time to rip it all out! Sure, you may want to keep some aspects of the garden already (like the lawn). But, because you’re doing a transformation, you may find that you need to take everything out so that you’re left with a blank space to build upon.
Get To Work
When you’ve got that blank space ready, you can then start the transformation. For this, you’ll want to think about the different plants you need to order, along with any trees or bushes. If you need to order fencing or decking or patio materials, do that too. You’ll want to make sure that you have the materials ready to go.
Think About The Function
As you’re doing that, you really need to make sure that you’re keeping the functioning action of the garden in mind at all times. You need it all to work together. You will want to make sure that you can get to your dining section easily, or that your AdBlue storage tanks are stored correctly, or that your sun trap is being maximized. You have to get smart about how this is going to work, so it’s practical as well as pretty.
Add In The Sections
Then, if you know that you want to have different sections in the garden, you can then instal them. Depending on whether you’re working this in alone or using a designer, you may find that it’s easy to build certain sections first. From a rose garden to a play area to a lawn section to a decking or patio area, you need to build in the hard landscaping sections first so that they are ready to use.
Make It Pretty
The next thing that you’ll want to do is dress up the space. And this is when you’re bringing in the plants that you want, and choosing the layout. Here, you will want to turn back to your design ideas so that you can create a finished look that’s pretty as well as functional. A great example of this is border plants, hanging plants, or potted plants around your patio or decking areas.
Make It Manageable
But then also, you need to remember that this is a growing garden. How it looks on the final day of the transformation isn’t the finished look. Because grass and plants grow. And things get messy and disorganized. So you need to know exactly how you’re going to maintain the space. This also means that you will want to ensure that the aspects you bring in to the garden are manageable. You don’t want to bring anything in that you’re not prepared to maintain. So come up with an idea of what maintenance you need to do and when, so that your newly transformed garden stays looking great.
*This is a collaboration post