Landscape gardening, like most things, is not a difficult concept to grasp, and by using a range of natural and man made materials, landscaping involves shaping the ground, and for some UK homeowners, gardening happens to be their passion. Of course, one can spend a couple of thousand pounds and call in a professional, but at the end of the day, creating an ideal garden is within the reach of us all. If you are able bodied and like to work with your hands, here is a guide to cost effective garden design.
- Start With a Plan – A landscape gardener would draw a to scale diagram of the intended design, and would first look at the available materials. If the area is flat, for example, you can create multiple levels by moving soil from one area to another, and if you lack inspiration, a Google image search for breathtaking gardens would certainly help. Most people want a terrace, and this should be the focal point of the garden, and with a mixture of flower beds and turf, one can create a pleasant environment. Once you have a firm plan, you can move to the next stage.
- Know your Budget – Like any major project, one must have a defined budget, and with online suppliers of everything you need, you can really save on materials. An online garden supply company would have an extensive catalogue, which would include fencing, top soil, decking, turf, paving and walling, to mention but a few. With an online search, it is likely you will find a single supplier who can cater for all your needs, and at trade prices and using your own skills, you can create a stunning garden for next to nothing.
- The Right Tools – This is something essential, and anything you don’t have, can be sourced online. The list is indeed long, but you must have the essentials like rakes, spades, shovels, and of course, a wheelbarrow. If you are new to the DIY game and don’t yet have many gardening tools, there are online suppliers that are selling their products at trade prices, but whatever you do, make sure you buy quality tools.
- Research the Project – The Internet has changed the way we live our lives, and with online tutorials on just about everything, it is now very easy to find a step by step guide, often with images, that make a major project seem quite straightforward. All it takes is a little self-confidence and know how and you would be amazed at what you can achieve.
It isn’t only the money you save that makes DIY landscaping a great idea, the satisfaction you get when you have created a stunning garden with your own two hands, is something that is hard to beat. If you follow this guide and buy all your materials online, the perfect garden will not only be affordable, it will be a place that you designed and created.