In recent years, Covid-19 has turned the world upside down, and particularly at a domestic level, many people have taken the decision to do what they can to improve their gardens and thus improve their living experiences at home.
Changing or enhancing the ways in which you can use your garden or outdoor spaces can have an enormous effect. Done with care and an eye for design, in one transformative move you can both “bring your house into the garden” and “bring your garden into your home”.
So there are many ways to achieve this outcome. Even if you wanted to go for something less inclusive, the point is that in the right hands, and with an experienced eye, “Landscaping” your garden can have an astonishing effect, achieving things that you wouldn’t have thought possible.
Maybe you have a new-build. And whilst you might be delighted with the house and the facilities that you have, the chances are, once the shine has worn off, you may not be quite so enchanted with the garden ….
Maybe you have taken the next step and moved to a larger, more established property to accommodate your growing family, but the garden is being trampled to within an inch of its life ….
These are all good reasons to consider whether it might be worth changing or enhancing your outdoor space. After all, buying your house will probably have been the most expensive purchase that you have ever made, and part of that purchase was the garden. So why not be as proud and happy with the outside of your property as you are of the inside ?
To that end, how do you start and what should you expect from an expert Landscaping Company ?
Firstly you will possibly have decided exactly what you want, and really only want to find out what it is going to cost to achieve it.
That’s fine, but talk to two or three prospective Landscapers and listen to and take note of any comments that they make about your project. If you have done your homework and checked into the companies that you have invited to visit you, they will have already impressed you, so you must respect their professional opinions. If the majority make similar observations, then heed their advise, particularly if it flies in the face of what you had originally thought. They will have come against these requests many times before and they will know whether your plans need to change and will have explained why.
Alternatively, you may have already decided to ask the advice of a Landscaper that you have researched, or a local Garden Designer. But however you have decided to approach the beginning of the process, be clear in your own mind as to what your objectives are, don’t rush it, and be prepared to spend some time getting it right before you begin. That’s not to say that there could be some unforeseen influences which force a slight change of direction once you begin – these things happen. But the more preparatory work you do the better.
A good Landscaper will know as much about plants and their uses and needs (Soft Landscaping) as they do about the construction element (Hard Landscaping)
The problems Hard Landscapers sometimes face is that they don’t know anything about the requirements of plants or which to recommend. They will do the construction very well, however it is very often the choice of plants to go in the scheme that sets the whole thing off, and a company that only specializes in hard landscaping won’t necessarily know that some areas in a garden will need to face south to suit your anticipated planting, or that there must not be contamination of the soil in some areas by cement as it will alter the soil pH. It can easily be seen therefore how being unaware of certain requirements you can introduce potential problems into a project where previously there were none.
Similarly, if you were to use a Hard Landscaper but seek the advice of a Garden Centre, it is possible that in choosing things yourself you could easily buy plants that were not at all suited, or over-buy. So consider this element of your decision making with all of the other considerations.