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Building an Outdoor Garden

Building an Outdoor GardenThere’s something so beautiful about the most premiere fence. When you walk past a property, you immediately take note because the owners or renters have put in the time and effort to build out their land all the way to the street or perimeter. You might even stop and have some questions about their design aesthetic or walk by and are inspired for your next project at your own home. That’s one of the dozen reasons that we’re so proud that we help design, construct and install your dream fence and date. We get to not only give you the safety and security of one of our products, but we’re able to come into the conversation giving the best recommendations on ways that we can enhance your exterior. Believe us, we have a lot of options and ideas. Many are under the misconception that fences are only there for safety and security – so they gravitate towards options like COLORBOND which keep intruders out. Well, we’re here to dispel that notion and hope that we do so on a regular basis in posts like this one on our blog. While we have no qualms about branching out – content-wise – we are always available to answer any questions that you may have or start the conversation around upping the value of your home with one of our fences or gates.

What else exists outside? And can look especially charming if you choose a fence style that showcases it? Outdoor gardens! The options are even more endless when it comes to your flora and fauna, and you can update it on a regular basis all year long. Any sort of landscaping can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re doing or if you’re waffling on the look and feel that you’re searching for. We thought we could do you a favour on the Taylor Fencing blog and remove the middleman. It’s time to pull the trigger and design that outdoor garden that you’ve been meaning to for forever. There’s no better time, right? Read on for our tips and tricks:

  1. Draw out a plan. It doesn’t need to be technical; it doesn’t need to be designed to certain specifications, it’s simply the first step in understanding what your dream garden would look like. In fact, pretend there’s no budget associated. This is just a good introductory exercise to even understand what you’re looking for. As you start drawing it out, you’ll come up with even more ideas. There are dozens of different tools that you could use on the internet, but there’s nothing like mapping something out with a pen and paper.
  2. Not negating any of the above, but yes – a budget is a necessity. We recommend that you choose this after you draw out the plan, which might sound a little bit counter-intuitive. Why do we recommend this plan of attack? Because you’ll be able to see your grand vision, the everything and all of what you possibly could have. Then creating a budget is a sobering and rail guard-creating exercise. You’ll know what fits in, what doesn’t and most importantly – you’ll start to prioritize. One item of note here – you don’t need to buy everything at once. We recommend that you put numbers on the different elements on your drawing, ranking them by how necessary they are to achieve your outdoor garden goal. There are no right or wrong answers, but you’ll have a full blueprint… and things to look forward to!
  3. We’re guessing that you did a little bit of this is step one, but now it’s really time for the research. Ask the neighbours, search the internet, just generally understand what works and what doesn’t. Remember that you can go back to steps one or two all of the time (although we recommend that you’re slightly stricter with yourself on step number two), but your vision can definitely change. There are tonnes of flowers and plants that need specific care that you may not be able to provide. There are tonnes of flowers and plants that actually last and thrive all year around, so you can save money by not switching them out. Your neighbours and friends will not mind sharing whatever information they have. We’re guessing they’ll be proud and excited to share what they know and pass on their wisdom.
  4. Now it’s time to gather the tools and determine what jobs you’d like to outsource to professionals and which skills you’d like to amass personally. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many are embracing the sourdough bread-making movement, but equally as many are heading outside and trying their green thumbs as the weather gets warmer. We support both and know that there are jobs that are satisfying and those that are simply not your cup of tea. For the jobs that are satisfying, it’s time to build your toolkit. This article has a great overview, but in summary, make sure that you have: a garden hoe, a spade, a garden fork, pruning shears and a rake. There are different types of each, but as long as you have the garden variety (yes, pun intended), you’ll be in good shape.
  5. Finally, we have to touch on the personal side of this. There are a lot of emotional aspects to home renovation projects which get overlooked. Some of the most stressful things you can go through in life involve your home, but we can avoid the stress and negative emotions with the right tools and resources. First of all, be kind to yourself. Second of all, be excited about the end result. Third, lean on your support community. Even something as simple as building a small outdoor garden can bring out the worst in people, but if you let your nearest and dearest know what you’re doing, you’ll have a lot of grace in the future.

If you need to sum up all of the above in one piece of advice – call Taylor Fencing!