Why now is a great time to start landscaping your garden.

Have you spent the lovely summer sitting in your garden or looking out your window, thinking ‘I wish I could improve it’? There are some good approaches you can take to start. You could ask a designer to come round, but there will be an expense; even at the point you receive your design plan, it may still be difficult to visualise.

I prefer spraying my  thoughts/designs, to scale, on my garden. With just a few tools, you can do this. You will need a can of spray paint, for spraying only on your grass (you can pick one of these up at most DIY stores); chalk, for marking on concrete areas; some string or string lines; a tape measure; some pegs and a straight edge. Some people will love the challenge of a project like this and enjoy every second spent out in the fresh air; others may feel this is way out of their depth and prefer to get help, even if, in part, to take the strain out of the project and deal with some of the hard landscaping.

You may already have a design in mind, but in any event, I would always recommend taking to the garden with the spray paint and chalk to get a feel of just how your garden would look. Once you are happy with the way it looks, the markings will stay there for a few days, which allows you to keep looking at it, either from the garden itself, or through your window, as you’re walking past. By following this method, it makes it easier to envision the size and scale of your patios, pathways, and flowerbeds, and adjust any areas that may need it. Undertaking the hard landscaping part of your design is generally the messiest part, so by doing it in the autumn/winter – while you’re not in the garden – is always the best idea.

This means, come spring, the difficult landscaping part will be complete, ready for the easy landscaping work. Using the planting to soften and finish the design will really set off your whole project, whether the plants are in pots or flower beds. Now here’s the best bit: once all the work is complete and that first beautiful day arrives, you’ll be able to sit out and enjoy that day, rather than thinking ‘I need to get started on this project’. You won’t miss out on the summer and being able to enjoy that outdoor living that we all relish so much.


Written by

Jon Kemmish

| 6th November, 2013