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Gardening and Landscaping

     

  • Gardening or landscaping a new house can be enjoyable or a chore, depending on whether or not you are interested in gardening.

  • This will effect the design of the garden (how much time do you want to spend on your garden weekly) as will your situation, are you a retired couple or have you a young family.

  • Other things that will affect your garden is soil type, sunny or shaded, windy aspect, area of country etc.

  • So once you have decided on the design, the ground will have to be prepared. Most Builders are not the tidiest of people so the surrounding area of your house will be covered with bricks, blocks, cement, sand, wall ties, ok you get the picture.

  • Now that the majority of the "rubbish" has been removed, the ground could need the addition of peat, manure, fertilizer etc.

  • At the start of the gardening project or even the building project you must have put a budget together for this. If you have a large area to landscape (and it is sometimes a part of planning permission) then it can work out expensive depending on the route taken. If you have a large area to landscape, my advice is to plan this work during the "none growing months", my favorite month is March. During these months you can plant "bare rooted shrubs and trees", which are normally only a fraction of the cost of potted shrubs and trees. 

  • The only drawback is that you normally have to buy a minimum of ten of each type of shrub or tree and you will have to find a nursery rather than a gardening center.

  • But if you try a little harder and look for that nursery then the savings can be very worthwhile. On my selfbuild I have planted approximately 1500 shrubs and trees which equates to a saving of approximately 4000-5000, now that seems interesting. 

  • One other way of saving some "hard earned cash" is to buy from a horticultural supply company. One of the best I know is  LBS Horticulture which supplies mail order throughout the UK and stocks an extensive range of goods from fertilizers, weed killers to pond equipment. Its worth checking the web site out.

 

 

 

Gardening and Landscaping

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  • Gardening or landscaping a new house can be enjoyable or a chore, depending on whether or not you are interested in gardening.

  • This will effect the design of the garden (how much time do you want to spend on your garden weekly) as will your situation, are you a retired couple or have you a young family.

  • Other things that will affect your garden is soil type, sunny or shaded, windy aspect, area of country etc.

  • So once you have decided on the design, the ground will have to be prepared. Most Builders are not the tidiest of people so the surrounding area of your house will be covered with bricks, blocks, cement, sand, wall ties, ok you get the picture.

  • Now that the majority of the "rubbish" has been removed, the ground could need the addition of peat, manure, fertilizer etc.

  • At the start of the gardening project or even the building project you must have put a budget together for this. If you have a large area to landscape (and it is sometimes a part of planning permission) then it can work out expensive depending on the route taken. If you have a large area to landscape, my advice is to plan this work during the "none growing months", my favorite month is March. During these months you can plant "bare rooted shrubs and trees", which are normally only a fraction of the cost of potted shrubs and trees. 

  • The only drawback is that you normally have to buy a minimum of ten of each type of shrub or tree and you will have to find a nursery rather than a gardening center.

  • But if you try a little harder and look for that nursery then the savings can be very worthwhile. On my selfbuild I have planted approximately 1500 shrubs and trees which equates to a saving of approximately 4000-5000, now that seems interesting. 

  • One other way of saving some "hard earned cash" is to buy from a horticultural supply company. One of the best I know is  LBS Horticulture which supplies mail order throughout the UK and stocks an extensive range of goods from fertilizers, weed killers to pond equipment. Its worth checking the web site out.

     

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