When to plan your garden
I think it's true to say that most people begin thinking about their gardens when the sun starts to shine and the days get warmer, which is of course only natural. But if you are going to have major work carried out then it's wise to consider it over the winter months instead to get the best results and maximise the amount of time you can spend enjoying your garden in sunnier months.
If you think about it logically then it makes sense to use the colder, wetter months (of which Britain is lucky enough to have many!) to plan your garden, work out the costs, tweak the design and schedule in the works so that by the time summer arrives your garden is ready to enjoy. The length of time a garden takes to build depends on the size and complexity of the project, but from experience I'd say that most average sized gardens take between 4-6 weeks to build and 2-4 weeks to design. So if you imagine waiting until the first warm and sunny day in, let's say, late-March, before you get in touch with a garden designer, then it takes 4 weeks to get the survey carried out, concept sketches developed and a fully costed scaled plan drawn up (it may take longer in March as the sudden arrival of sun makes this the busiest time of year for designers). The build is then scheduled to commence on 1st May, it takes 6 weeks to build and is complete by mid-June. Although you still have some of July, August and maybe September to enjoy your new outdoor space, for most of the early part of summer you'll have been looking out of your window at a building site rather than enjoying your new garden.
Although a garden can be planned at any time of year and a wet and grey day may seem like an odd time to think about sitting out in the sunshine, winter is by far the best time of the year to begin the process of transforming your neglected garden.
As I write this piece it's less than two weeks before Christmas and I think it's fair to say that most people are far too busy to discuss gardening, but if having your garden redesigned and built next year is a thought that you have tucked away at the back of your mind then I urge you to put aside the present wrapping and festive prep for a moment and give a garden designer a call. Let them start thinking about how they can transform your outdoor space into the garden you've always wanted, while you worry about turkeys and crackers.
Contact them now, so that when the New Year arrives you'll have plans in place and costs agreed, start dates scheduled and ultimately a lovely new garden to enjoy from the first day of sunshine.
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