Garden design tips for landlords

garden design tips

New-build garden design tips 

A spacious house with a large garden is becoming an increasingly popular criterion for prospective buyers who want to move out of the city, begin a family, or retire.

A new home isn’t just about the house itself, but the space around it.

If you are a property developer, homeowner or landlord who has just completed a construction project and you’re wondering what to do with the garden, then look no further!

Our list of top tips will help you to make the most of your outdoor space and create a wonderful garden which adds appeal and value to your construction project.

1. Planning

Before you begin moving soil or laying turf, you need to plan. There are many considerations to take into account.

Consider the boundaries, dimensions, soil type and what kind of look and feel you want for your garden.

Other elements include: 

  • Hedges or fences
  • Paths and patios
  • Lawns
  • Flower beds
  • Water features
  • Dining areas

2. What are the characteristics of your garden?

There are a number of elements to your garden that you need to think about:

Purpose: what is the purpose of your garden? Dining or playing? Functional or elaborate?

There are a number of well-known garden functions:

  • The Social Garden – somewhere to sit and eat.
  • The Organic Garden – veggie patches, even animals such as chickens.
  • The Horticultural Garden – high maintenance and beautiful, ideal for plant lovers and gardening enthusiasts.
  • The Eco-friendly garden – nature and self-sufficiency.
  • The Therapy Garden – a space of retreat, relaxation and ease.
  • The Family Garden – areas for parents to chill out, and a space for children to play.

3. Soil type and planting

Many people think that soil is soil, but there are a number of soil types and the kind of soil you have will depend on the plants you have in your garden.

If your soil is not up to scratch you can dig it out and replace with new top soil, or add levels to your garden with raised beds.

Think about the kind of plants you’d like in your garden:

  • Evergreen plants offer colour all year round
  • Deciduous plants lose leaves in the winter, but burst with colour come the spring
  • Herbaceous perennials grow and flower every season and die back during winter
  • Annual flowers grow and die in one year, and need annual replacement.

You should group plants, limit your planting scheme to maximise ease of maintenance, and plant a variety to add levels, variety and height to your garden.

Learn more about the benefits of adding a variety of plants to your garden here.

Considering a construction project?

Wherever you are in your construction project, there is help and support out there for you.

Whether you are looking for finance options for your construction of property development, architectural or garden landscaping advice, then there are so many people and resources to help you construct the home of your dreams.