Garden Notes
 

Winter planning for your garden

Published on 14 October 2009

The nights are drawing in and with a cold snap, gardening will be restricted to colder and shorter days. As the deciduous trees and shrubs loose their leaves, the structure of your garden becomes more obvious, so the winter is a good time to assess the garden and it’s design.

If you are thinking about making changes to your garden get yourself a piece of paper and ask yourself questions such as; is the garden pleasing to your eye, does it fit you and your family’s needs, are there aspects about it that annoy you or don’t work?

Are the features that you have in the garden, for example the lawn, or patio big enough for your needs. It is a common mistake by landscapers and developers to make patios acceptable to look at, but actually too small for use. There is nothing worse than inviting friends around and finding that once everyone is seated around the garden table, no one can pull out their chair without fear of falling off the patio.

As the deciduous trees and shrubs loose their leaves, the structure of your garden becomes more obvious, so the winter is a good time to assess the garden and it’s design.

The best gardens have generously proportioned features, which encourage their users to be relaxed. Better to have less features, which are adequate in size, than try to fit in lots of different spaces which are all too small. Gardens like these, tend to look fussy and are not restful to be in.

So, over the winter, come up with a list of what you would like to change and collect pictures of gardens or features that you like, particularly styles of gardens and planting and types of hard landscaping materials. Then when the better weather comes, you will be armed with ideas to put into practise in time for spring planting, and if you decide that you need help, don’t forget that the winter is the best time to appoint a designer so that the garden can be designed and built in time for spring planting.

Happy gardening.

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