Many people let their outdoor spaces become overgrown and unliveable but the truth is, with a little bit of work, you can transform your garden into a veritable Eden. Even the least green-fingered among us can pull off a landscaping project with the right tools and inspiration.
The tools you’ll need to begin your DIY landscaping project will depend greatly on the scale and scope of your operation. You’ll certainly need the basics, including a spade, a trowel, a wheelbarrow and so on. Beyond this, you may need fencing, gravel, paving, sleepers, compost and plants. You will certainly need to have a well-stocked gardeners’ supply company on hand where you can buy all of these items in one fell swoop. But first of all, you’ll need to plan exactly what it is that you want to do with your yard.
One of the best ways to get your creative juices flowing is to see what other people are doing. Whilst a Google search or a Pinterest board makes a great start, where you can start mapping out your likes and dislikes, it’s far better to see ideas in the flesh. Take a look at what your neighbours have done with their gardens, as this is a great way to envision how your space could be used. If you’re unable to do this, then take a drive around your neighbourhood and see if you can catch sight of any yards that look appealing. You could also visit local National Trust sites or open gardens for some more insights. You’ll also need to think about what your garden will be used for. Are you envisioning summer barbecues, a kids’ play ground or a run around for your pet dog? By imagining your friends and family utilising the space, you will be able to conjure up an image in your mind of what you want it to look like.
Selecting Your Style
Once you have a good idea in mind of what you like, you’ll need to start narrowing it down. Are you going for a contemporary or a traditional look? A wild garden or one that’s perfectly manicured? These are all factors which will affect the layout of your yard and the plants which you choose to fill it with. Your budget will have an effect on your capabilities too, so be sure to bear this in mind when making your plans so as not to be disappointed.
Where you will place things such as your seating area should be a decision made carefully around practical as well as aesthetic considerations. Study how the sun and wind affect your garden area at different times of year and landscape your garden accordingly. Consider whether there are any large tress whose roots you will need to be careful of when digging and planting. Have a think about how much upkeep you realistically have time for and select your plants and surfacing in line with this.
You needn’t be a horticultural expert to whip your outdoor space into shape. With the right equipment and a little inspiration, you can channel your inner Alan Titcharsh in no time!