Often it’s in the height of summer – when the sun is beaming down and plants are blossoming – that we think about how we want to improve our garden. As we’re sitting outside, we can see what needs doing and what changes we want to make.
But award-winning garden designer, Michael John McGarr of Warnes McGarr & Co, recommends planning ahead and actually booking in any garden design and landscaping work in winter.
Here are four reasons why:
1. IT’S LESS DISTURBANCE TO YOU AND THE FAMILY
Ensure you get to use your garden in the summer, because if it’s being landscaped, you definitely won’t be able to use your outdoor space. It’s unlikely you’ll be sitting outside in the sun that much in late autumn and through into winter, so it’s the perfect time to begin a redesign.
2. IT’S EASIER FOR YOUR GARDEN DESIGN TEAM
It’s much easier for your garden team to work with a garden when it’s not in full growth mode in the summer. Plants and shrubs will be dying back for the winter, and weeds won’t be growing voraciously. Generally, when there’s less foliage and greenery, it makes your landscapers’ job much easier!
3. IT’S LESS DISTURBANCE TO WILDLIFE
It’s hard to be a garden designer and not have a love for wildlife and its place in the garden. It’s much better to do a big garden project over the winter when there’s not as much wildlife out and about to disturb.
4. IT’LL PROTECT YOUR PLANTS IN THE LONG-TERM
It’s much better to move and relocate plants and shrubs over the winter when they aren’t growing or flowering. You probably won’t want to keep every single plant, but it’s much kinder to those that you really do want to keep to be dug up and moved around in the colder months.