As the Christmas hangover looms we all start to look forward to the New Year and projects that it brings.

After being hidden away inside (for what feels like forever), we all start to day dream of enjoying warmer weather, with a cold drink in one hand and a delicious BBQ burger in the other.

Knowing that small projects can often take longer than first expected, the New Year is a great time to start planning that garden project that your neighbours will talking about at the street party come summer.

But where to start when you’re no Alan Titchmarsh…

Time To Think

Before you begin digging up the garden and getting your hands dirty, take a long hard think about what your garden is going to be used for.

Will it be a space for the family to share, or an extension to your house where you can entertain?

This is important for understanding the layout and practicality of the garden.

Map It Out

Having a space to let your creative juices run wild can be a little daunting. How are you going to fill it and where do you start with making it unique?

Do some research and make a mood board, cutting out images that inspire you and portray your vision will help you make something you’re happy with, but also work as a great visual aid to anyone helping with the project.

Gardening Magazines and Pinterest are the perfect places to start. Although it might become a little more of an obsession than a hobby once you get started!

Do Your Research

If you’ve got a big project on your hands that’s going to need more man power than you alone can manage, start researching local help. For example, if you plan to add a deck or patio to your backyard or garden, Imperial Building & Roofing can get the project done much more efficiently and effectively than you could on your own.

Hiring trades people with experience and good references in similar projects will make it all run smoothly. (And cause a lot less grey hairs…!).

Get Muddy

Now it’s the fun bit where you get to select all the colourful plants for your garden.

You may not know a geranium from hydrangea now, but getting to know your flowers will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Of course amidst the colourful excitement it’s easy to forget that it’s not just plants you need.

Fences and other bits also need to be taken into consideration, as creating pretty paths and water features maybe high on your wish list. Like this one by Decorative Aggregates, for example…


If you have the opportunity to really go to town on your garden renovation with a pool, playground or even a tennis courts, lucky you! When larger spaces come into place, HC Courts would recommend hiring those with experience in cleaning, painting and resurfacing grand projects to ensure they are well maintained on a regular basis.