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Planning Your Garden – Things To Consider

PLANNING YOUR GARDEN – THINGS TO CONSIDER

 

Whether you are planning to make some changes to your garden yourself or considering hiring a professional, there are a number of things to consider and decide upon in order to create your dream garden.

 

Imagine your garden as an extension of your home and think about how you intend to use it. Entertaining your friends and family is often a high priority in the Middle East and we are very lucky to live in a climate where we have the weather on our side (for most of the year anyway) and can utilise the space to suit our lifestyles.

 

Before enlisting a sub-contractor, you should really have a clear idea of what you want to achieve and by going through the following points, we hope this will help you to identify your garden needs and desires.

 

GARDEN USERS

Who will be using the garden? The design and content of the garden may change slightly depending on the user and their particular needs;

 

  • Family members – Interests / Hobbies
  • Young / Old family members – Age appropriate / Medical problems / Mobility issues / Allergies
  • Pets – Cats / dogs / rabbits / birds

 

IDENTIFYING GARDEN FEATURES

Identify how you want to use your garden and make a list of priorities;

  • Entertainment area / Dining / Sitting
  • Parking area
  • Play area
  • Hobbies / Interests (example – Putting green)
  • Existing problems – visual & functional (example – Privacy, Maintenance)
  • Positive elements (to be retained / enhanced)
  • Vegetable garden / Herb garden / Fruit trees / Greenhouse
  • Audio / Visual – Speakers / Outdoor Projector (to watch movies or favourite sports)

 

SOFT LANDSCAPE

 

  • Favourite plant / tree
  • Existing plants to be retained / replanted
  • Lawn (real / artificial)
  • Planting effects – emphasis on foliage / all year colour

 

HARD LANDSCAPE

 

  • Making Ground’s EVABOUND paving
  • Natural stone (marble / granite / slate / aggregate)
  • Artificial stone (concrete / pavers)
  • Timber / Artificial timber

 

WATER ELEMENTS

 

  • Swimming Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Pond
  • Water Feature / Fountain

 

FEATURES

 

  • Lighting
  • Irrigation / drainage
  • Furniture
  • Ornaments / planters
  • Structures
  • Shade
  • BBQ
  • Fire Pit
  • Play structures
  • Outdoor storage
  • Rubbish bin storage / cover
  • Gas bottle storage / cover
  • Gate / fence / wall

 

DESIGN STYLES

 

  • Arabic
  • Mediterranean
  • Tropical
  • European
  • Japanese
  • Contemporary

 

SCOPE OF WORK

How much work are you planning to do? What you may consider to be just a few enhancements to your garden, may end up being a complete re-design once you have made a wish list. Consider the following elements / works that may make up your garden;

 

  • Complete re-design
  • Partial design / renovation
  • Irrigation design / plan
  • Outdoor lighting design / plan
  • Hardscape – paving / concrete
  • Softscape – planting / lawn
  • Swimming pool / water feature
  • Structural works – gazebo / seating / bbq
  • Maintenance

 

Before carrying out any works in your garden, you should check with the landlord / developer for any restrictions or permissions that may be required. Certain developments may have guidelines on building structures or restricted plants.

 

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