Planning Your Garden
Landscaping your garden allows you to make the most of a home’s land, but also to increase its value. However, landscaping your exterior requires a lot of patience and investment, and can represent a specific budget. Would you like to know how to organize your yard for a restful and pleasant place? Our experts advise you!
You just bought a house or built, and the state of the yard is poor? Or are you fed up with your decrepit yard in poor condition? If it is good to understand that organizing your garden can cost a certain amount and take time, this investment is worth the cost for many reasons:
- Well-organizing your yard is to start a beautiful way to showcase it. Having a beautiful outdoor space is always rewarding, and helps you better enjoy the garden.
- Developing your garden also allows you to use it better, and therefore to exploit your land. It is sure that you will better enjoy the outdoors if you have a terrace with patio or if you develop a vegetable garden, rather than if your yard is muddy or full of bumps!
In the case of selling a property, having a well-organized garden makes your home much more attractive to any buyer. Anyone can project themselves into a beautiful yard. On the contrary, a yard in poor condition will only think of the amount of maintenance and investment that will be needed! (Ask free estimate of professionals for the layout/maintenance of your garden)
Naturally, organizing your yard is not an easy task. But to guide you in this step, we have some tips for you…
How to organize your garden? The tips of a pro!
Your garden is fallow, and you only dream of a country and a pleasant space? So it’s time to take things in hand! If the organization of the garden has something to intimidate, the key is to prepare your landscaping work properly and invest yourself. Here is the procedure to follow:
1. Make the plan of the garden to be landscaped
When we talk about the organization of the garden, we often tend to want to plant a hedge, re-grass or start work consequent substantial. And yet, the first thing you need to do is take a sheet of paper and a pen! Realizing the garden plan as is (and on a scale) is an excellent way to start planning your organization.
This allows you to get a better idea of the layout of the garden, or even to schematize different options for its organization. On the map, indicate the position of the plants, the house, the doors, and windows (to know how to arrange the garden according to the view from the house). This can help you better visualize the ideal garden, and determine where to place a particular outdoor landscaping element.
Our tip: you do not have drawing skills? In this case, seeing the aerial view of your home on Google Map can help you better realize the garden plan!
2. Choose the garden facilities
The organization of a garden requires to determine well your desires and your preferences. There are many different arrangements to organize your garden:
- Flowers and plants,
- Vegetable garden,
- Pedestrian path,
- Wall or fence,
- Gravel yard,
- Flower box,
- Construction of a garden shed,
- Mare, etc.
The key is to stay measured and to think about organizing a harmonious garden. As much for your budget as for the appearance of your land, it is better to be parsimonious, and think of airy and unadorned space. Do not forget that the choice of plants and equipment will have some impact on the difficulty of maintaining the yard (and therefore on its maintenance cost, as mentioned here ).
It is better to avoid planting hedges or bushes that are difficult to maintain or to have a pond built if you do not have a green thumb or do not want to give your yard time! Then prefer buildings without plants (gravel road, terrace, wooden fence, etc.).
Our advice: always start looking for an “atmosphere” for your future garden. Would you like a Zen garden? A flower garden? A simple garden? An English garden? Feel free to look for inspiration among existing gardens!
3. Set priorities
Once you have listed the different amenities, you dream of, determine the priority and feasibility of each development. Arranging your garden with order and method is essential. In general, the steps of landscaping the yard are as follows :
- Earthworks and landscaping work (embankment, excavation, etc.)
- Cleaning the yard, and removal of plants or unwanted amenities (fence, rock, etc.).
- Exterior construction work (construction of a terrace, construction of the patio, development of a gravel road, etc.).
- Realization of grass and plantations.
- Garden decoration (benches, etc.).
- Everything depends of course on the current state of your land, and the difference between the actual garden and the desired garden.
Remember that organizing work can take several months or more. Know how to prioritize and try to set goals for specific dates.
Note that using a landscape architect or outdoor architect (if only for the design of the garden and not its implementation) can allow you to receive valuable advice and avoid mistakes of beginners.
4. Define the budget to develop its exterior
Lastly, and before you start rolling up your sleeves, it’s essential to prepare your home improvement budget. The total cost of organizing a garden can be high, especially if you leave a field in poor condition.
The price of landscaping the garden depends on both the plants and materials used, but also the labor employed. For a limited budget, prefer to carry out the majority of the arrangements by yourself, and avoid using expensive plants or starting major construction work (terrace, veranda, etc.).
If you wish, our site can send you free of charge and without commitment several specifications of external development, which will allow you to establish a budget according to the arrangements which interest you. (However, you can access directly here to our free quote request form)
The budget for landscaping a garden
Let’s talk about the rates! It must be understood that the more sophisticated and sophisticated your garden is, the more expensive it will be (and whether you are a professional or not).
The price of land development can vary depending on the type of yard to develop. It should be expected on average between 10 and 60 euros per m² to make a garden by a pro, knowing that a more complex yard may cost even more. The interior designers can also charge in the form of packages, often from 400 or 500 euros to organize a simple yard.
For a 100% accurate and verified price, the best is to ask a landscaper for a specialist in your area, while specifying your needs and the surface of the yard. Fill out our form, and you will receive free several budget ideas for your garden.
Published on November 8th, 2018
Updated on November 8th, 2018