People garden for many reasons. Whether it’s to grow crops to eat or flowers to enjoy, your backyard garden is an extension of your home. You might spend time in it planting and harvesting, or you might simply sit and enjoy the beauty and serenity the area provides.
Regardless of the type of garden you envision, you have many options when it comes to redesigning this outdoor space. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are a few things to consider.
1. What Do You Want to Do in Your Garden?
If you have a family, your garden may be a multi-purpose area where the kids can play, you can plant fruits and vegetables, and the entire family can dine in and enjoy the great outdoors. Whatever the case, it’s important to identify the type of garden you want/need and go from there with the planning.
2. Know Your Climate and Growing Zone
Every area is unique in that certain plants grow better there than others. It’s important to know your area’s climate and growing zone so you can grow plants and flowers that thrive and produce rather than ones that struggle and wither.
Be sure to check the soil pH first. If you’re new to the area and aren’t sure what works and what doesn’t, talk to your neighbors for some helpful advice.
3. Check Regulations and Let Your Neighbors Know
Many counties and local communities have regulations regarding what you can and can’t build on your property. If your garden redesign is elaborate or otherwise includes buildings or structures of any kind, be sure you get approval to do so before beginning.
Even if you don’t need government approval for your garden redesign, be courteous, and let your neighbors know what’s going on if the work will be noisy or bothersome in some way.
4. Know the Costs
Redesigning a garden can be expensive, even if you decide to keep some of the original aspects. You must understand the cost of such a project before you start as it can reach into the thousands of dollars if you plan an elaborate garden design.
If the cost is a mitigating factor, think about it this way: compared to a kitchen or bathroom remodel, your garden redesign will likely cost less. To that end, the garden redesign will also likely give you more return on your investment as it offers a backyard oasis of sorts that is more important than ever these days.
5. How Long the Project Will Take
No one says you have to complete your garden redesign all at once. Budget and weather factors may keep you from completing every aspect in a timely manner. That said, if you are under a time constraint, it’s important that you book your contractors early to ensure the work is completed on time. If you’re doing the work yourself, your timeline may be more flexible.