Managing New-build Gardens
New build houses often offer limited garden space so it is important to use this space wisely. Planning the layout and keeping design simple are easy ways to manage a new build garden without the hassle of constant maintenance. Focus on one section at a time to make your workload manageable and so you can see progress quickly.
Aerate quickly to allow water down to the roots to develop stronger root systems. Water regularly. New lawns require maintenance and care. Lack of water is a key reason as to why new lawns fail. You will likely want to apply lawn feed to give it that extra boost. Allowing the grass to grow a bit before you cut it will keep it healthy and discourage weeds from growing as it will block sunlight. Purchasing a sprinkler system could be a good idea and ideally having an outside tap. This will also make watering your flowers and plants much easier.
New lawns need time to settle. Mow at the highest height to prevent killing or damaging the new grass whilst keep it at an acceptable level. For the first few weeks avoid walking on it and placing objects on it. Remember to be patient with new lawns.
If you are a first-time buyer, you may have to buy some tools to get going. Purchase a basic set of garden tools so you can keep on top of the simple tasks that need doing regularly. Most retailers now sell hand tools for very reasonable prices. Essential tools for basic gardening tasks include a pair of pruning scissors or secateurs, a rake and a watering can or garden hose. You may also want a trowel to get rid of weeds before they take over the garden. Get a garden shed to keep your tools and lawn mower in. Keep it tidy so it is easy to access and things don’t get lost. There’s nothing more infuriating spending time and effort looking for a tool when you want to get the jobs in the garden out of the way so you can relax.
Plan your garden as early as possible. Where are you going to plant certain flowers. Do certain plants need extra sunlight? If so plant in an area they will get direct sunlight. Keep it simple to begin with by limiting the different types of flowers you have to make them easier to manage. Each variety of flowers has different needs so limiting them means less work. It might be a good idea to label each plant so you know exactly how to take care of each one. You can also add more in the following years once you get used to what plants have what requirements.
If you do not want to spend too much time maintaining the garden you might want to consider, gravelling or paving parts of your garden. Keep the lawn a rectangular or square shape to make mowing easier. Laying Astroturf is a way of removing any lawn maintenance. All that is required is sweeping the leaves off the surface to keep the turf clean and green. If you want grass but without the hassle of mowing it, buy a robotic lawnmower. The Flymo 1200R is an ideal option, as it can cover lawns upto 400m2 and works automatically. You will however, need a grass trimmer to get the very edge of your lawn.
Give it a Personal Touch
Purchase garden furniture to truly enjoy your garden. Get comfortable in the garden and be able to host barbecues and parties, check with neighbours first. Put your own personal touch on the lawn. Things as simple as fairy lights can brighten a garden up no end. Using solar-powered lights keeps your garden eco-friendly and don’t add to your electricity bill. If you want to attract wildlife to your garden, plant flowers which attract insects. Install a bird feeder and bird bath to attract birds. Both are inexpensive purchases. The most important thing is that you enjoy spending time in your garden!