It could be as simple as planning this year’s flower choices. Or, it could be as big as renovating the entire garden space. In this post, we’ll show you how to plan your 2016 summer garden, and get everything in place. You might even have it ready in time for those first warm evenings of the year!
Before you do anything else, spend some time researching for some garden inspiration. Browse through some garden design books from the library, and jot down your favourite ideas. Alternatively, load up some garden websites, and bookmark the best designs. We are big fans of Pinterest, where you’ll find thousands of quirky and unique garden ideas. Keep a little booklet of your favourites, and save them for the summer.
Draw up the plans
If you’ve got a big renovation in mind, you’ll need to start drawing up the plans. Start thinking about where your new patio could go. Where will the lawn area start, and how long will your flower borders be? This is you chance to get creative, and use your imagination. Remember to harness all those inspirational ideas you found. Once you’ve got the initial sketches, it might be worth showing them to a professional garden designer. They’ll help turn them into real blueprints.
Make a budget
Coming up with creative and imaginative ideas is one thing. Paying for them is quite another! Some garden designs can get quite expensive, so start making a detailed budget. Get quotes for the big jobs (like new turf and decking installation). Put it altogether in a spreadsheet, and keep a careful eye on it. If you’re starting the planning stages now, you can spread the cost over the coming months.
Prepare the site
With your designs finalised, you can get started on the preparation. Perhaps you need to level the ground, mark out borders or dig up the turf. You can do this throughout the colder months, so everything is ready for planting in the summer. You might want look into Bobcat hire, so you can do much of the leveling and digging yourself. That’ll save on the cost of hiring contractors.
Add the finishing touches
By this point, the weather should be warming up, and your site is ready for work. It’s time to add those creative touches, and start shaping your new garden. It’s time to build the decking, lay the turf, and start planting the flowers. This is you back in your element, getting your hands dirty!
Follow these steps, and your garden renovation will be finished just in time for summer. You can sit out in the sun, and enjoy your new outdoor space!