Five Mistakes New Garden Owners Often Make
Having your own private garden, especially one large enough for a certain amount of utility, is a great luxury. A dedicated natural space, even in a relatively cold and wet climate such as our own, has numerous possibilities, both practical and aesthetic. Often, however, in the excitement of owning an outdoor space, residents make mistakes. Some of these can be minor, while others can lead to detrimental and ongoing issues.
To help you avoid these mistakes, we’ve put together five of the most ubiquitous, that is, those that most inexperienced new homeowners make.
Learn Your Soil
Before you begin planting flowers, installing sheds, or growing your own food, you must first understand your soil. Take time to learn how dry it is and across what distance. Without this knowledge, your seeds may struggle to grow or you will your home-grown ingredients to be underwhelming, both of which can be the result of unsuitable or poorly maintained soil.
In more extreme circumstances, it can even begin to affect your outbuildings, such as log cabins and annexes, since particularly damp weather conditions can lead to less supportive soil or dampness that can decay the foundations.
Be Careful With Waste
Gardens are a sensitive environment. They have the potential to encourage charming creatures to seek shelter, filling the air with feathers and flowers with bees. However, if a resident is too hasty with their own compost or inconsiderate with their refuse organisation, they may soon find themselves welcoming unwanted pests and even leading them to neighbouring properties too.
Plan For All Seasons
A garden is an asset, one that becomes part of your property investment. If it is only utilised or enjoyed for the summer months, then there is less of a return. Instead, it is ideal to try and get the most out of your space, ensuring that you get the most benefits from it.
To do this, you can build greenhouses, polytunnels, and growing boxes, all of which will allow you to continue growing and harvesting during the colder months. Other assets, such as heat lamps and outbuilding structures will allow you to spend time in your garden for relaxation, even during winter!
Trim And Prune
Enthusiasm for plants is a common experience. Like many others, you’ll want to see them grow and flourish to their full potential. It may seem counter-intuitive then to cut them back. However, without the appropriate control, plants have the potential to take the space and nutrients from other growth or, if left unattended entirely, can make their way into your property’s structure, affecting its integrity.
Consult Your Council
Numerous homeowners have experienced issues that stem from a conflict with local regulations. Local councils have various rules that restrict what homeowners can do within their property limits, such as limiting the height of external structures or preventing fires at certain times.
If you do not take these restrictions into consideration early on, you may end up being caught out. To make matters more complex, these restrictions vary across different regions, each one potentially costing a homeowner financially.