How to future-proof your garden

Future-proofing your garden

Are you considering hiring a landscape gardener in Bury to help transform your garden? Perhaps you still have no idea where to start and would like one of our garden designers in Bury to help you! One of our clients' main questions is, How can I future-proof my garden? Landscaping your garden can be a heavy investment, so you should carefully consider your design before anyone puts a shovel in the ground. Due to the landscaping cost, you should design a garden that will stand the test of time. After all, we all want our money to go a long way. 

When you hire a landscaper to design your garden, the garden's longevity is their number one priority. You need to consider a few things to ensure your garden does not deteriorate quickly. Why do you want to landscape your garden? Do you plan on living at your property for a long time? How much time are you willing to spend maintaining your garden? In this article, our landscape gardeners in Bury have noted down all the ways you can future-proof your garden and ultimately save yourself some money.

How to future-proof your garden

Consider your age and mobility

If you want to design a garden that will last you for years, you need to make an educated guess as to whether your needs might change in that period. For example, if you feel that you are not as mobile as you once were and that your mobility might deteriorate in the coming years, you need to consider this when designing your garden.

To design a garden accessible to people with poor mobility, you can make some simple adjustments to your plan. For example, if you enjoy gardening and know that you would still like to plant flowers and grow vegetables in the future, you need to consider how you build your planters. You could build your planters higher than usual to prevent you from bending down to them, or perhaps make them low to the ground so that they are accessible whilst sitting in a chair. Future-proofing your garden is subjective to you and your needs, so you must consider how your garden could suit your lifestyle.

Another way to ensure your garden stays safe for you in years to come is to avoid anything that could become a trip hazard. For example, designing a garden over many levels often involves steps you may not be able to climb someday. Instead, consider how a slope could be intertwined into your garden design to keep it fully accessible. Building some handrails to run alongside any pathways and slopes also ensures your garden is safe for you in the future.

As well as your mobility, it would help to consider how your age could impact your eyesight. A lot of the time, as we grow old, we don't notice how bad our eyesight is getting until an accident happens. Don't wait for a trip or fall to occur before you future-proof your garden. Outdoor lighting can make the difference between a mediocre and a beautiful design. With automatic sensors, you don't even need to worry about remembering to switch your lights on and off.

There are many ways to design an accessible garden. Our landscape gardeners have written an in-depth article on how this can be achieved - you can read it here.

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Is this your forever home?

Are you considering selling your property in the future, or are you landscaping the garden in your forever home? Although we can't predict what's around the corner, most people will know if they are landscaping their garden to improve their quality of life or whether they want it to increase the value of their property.

If you want to sell your property in the future, you need to future-proof your garden for potential buyers. For this reason, you should avoid quirky, unusual design trends that might not be everybody's cup of tea. When deciding what style you want for your garden, scroll through social media to see what is popular. Choose a style you know others would like. A beautiful, modern garden will attract interest on property websites.

Are you unsure what is considered popular among landscaping trends? Consulting a garden designer in Bury would be a brilliant idea. Our designers work with many different clients each month, so they will be able to design a modern, trendy garden for you.

Choose hard-wearing materials

The key to future-proofing your garden design is to ensure you use hard-wearing materials that will stand the test of time! To protect your landscape from easy wear and tear, you must invest in high-quality materials designed to last.

More often than not, manufactured materials, as opposed to natural materials, tend to last longer. Materials such as composite decking and porcelain paving were manufactured to be superior to natural products on the market. Our Bury landscape gardeners highly recommend porcelain paving as it was designed with durability in mind. Porcelain paving is a non-porous material meaning that no liquid or stain can penetrate the surface. Freeze-thaw weathering can not ruin porecelain paving; therefore, it can withstand many more winters than Indian Sandstone.

When it comes to decking, you can't get any better than composite decking. Unlike standard timber decking, composite decking is made with a unique combination of plastic and wood. The plastic addition ensures that the decking is resiliant against discolouration, stains and scratches. Even better, composite decking will not splinter or warp! Although composite decking is a higher upfront cost than timber decking, you will save yourself money in the long run. To read more about the advantages of composite decking, click here.

How much time are you happy to spend maintaining your garden?

As with everything in life, things last when you take care of them. If you want a garden that will keep its appearance and stand the test of time, you must take care of it. Before you decide on anything in your garden design, you need to know how to maintain it and consider whether or not the maintenance it needs is realistic for you.

For example, maintaining Indian Sandstone will require regular jetwashing, brushing to remove surface debris, and replacing the grout to prevent weed growth. On the other hand, porcelain paving simply needs a wipe-down with a mop and bucket. Do not use it if you cannot commit to the gruelling maintenance of Indian Sandstone or perhaps any other material you include in your garden design!

Use native plants

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One of the best ways to ensure your garden's longevity is to use native plants in your design. Plants that are native to the UK have adapted to the weather. These plants require less water and fertiliser and require less maintenance than non-native plants.

When you introduce anything living into your garden, your garden will require more maintenance. If you want a garden full of plants and wildlife, you need to note whether you have any tall trees in your garden. The roots of large trees can eventually penetrate the ground damaging any nice paving or decking you might have laid. Also, if you have too much shade from overgrown trees in your garden, other plants might not get the sunlight they need. If you are thinking about planting trees, you will need to remember how quickly they can grow and to what size. Without regular maintenance, your garden will not withstand its appearance for long.

Overall, no garden remains perfect forever; however, if you choose suitable materials and give it the TLC it deserves, it can thrive for as long as you will it. For further advice on how to future-proof your garden, do not hesitate to contact a landscaper in Bury today! Our landscape gardeners can offer expert and bespoke guidance to suit your needs.

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