Do these 7 things BEFORE heading down the garden path!

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How to plan a wonderful garden:

garden planningIf you want a wonderful garden that provides everyday enjoyment and pleasure, you will be rewarded if you take the time to do some thoughtful planning first. Very frequently in the projects we are involved in owners give little thought to the garden which is a real pity.

Thankfully, most plants are pretty forgiving and can tolerate and adapt to lots of situations, especially here in Queensland with the growing season just starting to accelerate now with the onset of spring. If you’d like to get the most from your garden and have it looking fantastic all year round and for years to come, there are some simple garden mistakes to avoid that could save you time and money.

So, here a few tips…

7 things to consider before heading down the garden path

  1. Levels: Getting the levels right in your garden is ever so important for all sorts of reasons. One of the most important ones is drainage both above and below ground level. When it rains here in Queensland it can be quite a deluge so if you don’t want your plants to be washed away and pathways turned into small rivers you need to take the time to get this right. You don’t want those soggy wet patches in the middle of the lawn that frequently get muddy or where the grass refuses to grow!
  2. Retaining: If you’re planning on having some level areas for children to play or the dog to run around then placement and construction of retaining walls is one of the first things that you should plan to do
  3. Fencing: Ground along boundary lines is not always even as are other parts of your property where you may want to erect a fence. Council requirements usually restrict the height of boundary fences too – in fact some also have rules about their fabrication in some precincts. But the biggest mistake we see when it comes to boundary fencing is that ever so frequently the fence is not erected on the boundary. We’ve seen this lead to many costly errors, forgetting about the costs associated with reinstating the fence and any retaining wall that may be associated with it.
  4. Access: Don’t Forget about access. Getting around your garden seems simple when you are walking, but you may need to move a wheelbarrow or lawnmower from one end to the other. Steps and narrow paths can make normally easy jobs difficult and take twice as long. While steps are hard to avoid on steeper blocks, make sure they are not at too steep a gradient to negotiate a load and that paths are generous enough to allow a wide load if necessary.

  1. Water – Irrigation: There are lots of different irrigation systems on the market and some are installed before planting and some after. Don’t wait until after you have planted your garden to decide which one is best suited to your needs or you may end up having to dig up your garden beds and borders again. Also make sure there is an easily accessible tap nearby to plug into, not to mention a power point.
  2. Water – water tanks: Rainwater tanks help drought-proof gardens and reduce the cost of using only the public utility water supply. If the tank is above ground and is not positioned close to the house to catch the roof water a little forward planning is advisable to avoid having unsightly pipes running from the guttering to the tank – best if they’re underground and you don’t want to go digging things like pathways and garden beds up after having built them, do you? Say no more if it’s below ground.
  3. Lighting: Garden lights can transform it from modest to magical. It can also extend the time you spend outdoors as you won’t be restricted to enjoying it in only the daylight hours. If you think you might like outdoor lighting at some point, do the groundwork before you plant to prevent having to dig up the garden to install the cabling once it is established, or trying to find ways to hide unsightly wires.

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