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Gardening: How To Get Started

Many of us are dreaming about spring. The die-hard gardeners have already visited at least one garden show. The piles of seed catalogues have been put to the side after our seeds have been ordered and the lists are being created of tasks we still need to do. I’m getting so excited.

The biggest trick of all is planning. Whether you have an existing landscape or are starting from scratch, a plan is the most important thing of all. With a plan you have a vision, a direction to what you hope will be a finished project. A plan will help you save money, time and even backbreaking labour.

If you’re starting from scratch, I suggest getting help from a professional such as a landscape designer. They can help you create your vision.

Most full property landscape designs take at least three to five years to make happen. The reason is that landscaping can be expensive. Let me break down a plan into the three important elements.


This is the most expensive element. Hardscaping refers to walkways, decks, fencing, arbours, pools and ponds. Most of the time this is where you need to start. These items aren’t going to move once they’ve been completed and will be there for several years.

Foundation plants

The base of any good design, foundation plants include all trees and shrubs. With a plan you can watch for these to be on sale.


The plants, statues, garden art, pots, mulch and other items used to finish your design. This is often where people get carried away and spend too much money.

When choosing a designer, I suggest getting references and seeing some of their existing work. It’s important to find a designer who’s going to listen to you and hear what you want.

It’s not about what they think you should have, it’s about what you want, how much time you want to spend on maintenance and what plants you like.

You will have to pay for the design but once it is paid for it’s yours to use. Many companies will give you a discount on the work if they have done the design. You may only chose to have them do part of the work such as build the deck or create the garden shapes and you can do the planting.

If you have an existing garden you’re tired of or want to give a facelift to, you may want to consider a garden consultant. They can make suggestions on what to change with your garden without ripping the whole thing out and starting again.
Sometimes it is as simple as removing a few old tired shrubs and replacing them with something new or adding a few new things. Even moving your garden art around can give the garden a whole new look.

It’s not too early to begin this process. Don’t wait to book your designer until May because they won’t be able to fit you in until July, so start making those calls now.

Need a little help with your landscape? Take a look at eieihome’s directory of landscaping professionals.

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