Friday, 18 December 2015

TLTWM Top 5 Landscape Architect Tips for Parents: To Help Improve your Gardens Desirability

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The garden is an area that I think is often over looked in the grand scheme of things. 

Life is busy and it is easy to get distracted by other tasks that come about. It goes without saying that we all want a beautiful garden, but as parents we know that it's not always realistic to get outside as often as we might like.

 I can recall a few years ago when Leo and I decided to head outside and enjoy the rare bit of sunshine that crept through the clouds. I took one look at the flower beds, my eyes instantly directing to the abundance of weeds that were wrapping themselves around the flowers and plants. I decided there and then to grab a spade and sort them out.

4 hours later... 4 hours later I was still there. Don't let weeding fool you. It takes time (especially if like me you let the garden turn wild). If you are feeling a little less of a seasoned gardener then having a look at the professional Essex based landscape architects,  Liz Lake Associates will help you see that you can enhance your outdoor living space without it eating into all of your time.

TLTWM Top 5 Landscape Architect Tips for Parents:
To Help Improve your Gardens Desirability. 

1. Make a list of needs and desires.
Do you have a family and the children need space to play?
Do you want a vegetable patch?
Do you want space to sit down for the family? Patio space? BBQ area?

Brainstorm your wants and needs, put them all down on paper and sketch out how it would work. Where you would want to position things, and see how it all pieces together. If you are looking for inspiration then look no further than the Landscape Institute. 

2. Be open to change.
The best of plans are subject to change. Remember that those initial brainstorming ideas aren't set in stone, and you have to be flexible in order to achieve the best working design.

Patience is key to any development. If you have a lot of spare space that you are looking to fill, rely on temporary solutions such as fast-growing ground covers that you might not care about in the long term but serve a purpose in the begining -- to cover an area while you're figuring out what you want. 

Large landscaping features like trees can be hard to move but annuals can be taken out, and small perennials and shrubs can be transplanted they are in the wrong spot. But in the meantime, you have something out there filling the space.

3. Budget. 
Once you have got an idea of what you want your finished garden to look like and function, you can begin to price everything up. This will help you come up with a timescale of how long it will take to achieve your objectives. The telegraph shows you how to design your garden on a tight budget and shows that you can achieve your goals with a little bit of elbow grease.

4. Timescale. 
When you draw up the initial plan and have a firm idea of what you want from your garden, you can think realistically about how long it might take you. Factor in the time of year that you begin the initial developments as in the grand scheme of things this is going to play a big role in what you get done.

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5. Study the sun and wind patterns.
This is something that my own Dad always applies to his gardens. When it has come to buying  new home, he will step out into the garden and map out where the sun rises and sets. He's a bit of a sun worshiper my old man, and their have been many occasions where I have found him taking branches of trees or even taking trees down just to let a bit more sunlight into the garden. It's good information to know so that you can plan out where to position the areas that will benefit from having the sun longer. 

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