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Garden Solutions - April

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Well, after an amazingly short period on the market my house is sold, thanks to Turpie & Co. and I’m busy tidying up the garden for the new owner to take control in May. With a little understanding of plants, the garden is fairly easy to maintain, 5 days per year isn’t too much of a chore!

There is no grass to cut and therefore no problem with it encroaching into the borders, therefore maintenance is greatly reduced.

So now I have to turn my attentions to living in a flat with a communal garden that no-one seems interested in…….until I start to work on it no doubt! 14 flats share a medium sized plot, so this is going to be a challenge to get so many to agree to any improvements. It was interesting that the estate agent didn’t take me to the garden but only made reference to it from the lounge window after I enquired. Garden maintenance comes at a price, although in this case none, but unless somebody, or everybody takes responsibility for the upkeep, there can be an expensive bill due for the inevitable tidy up once surrounding neighbours start to complain. I think there is at least one tree in the garden and that can be costly to maintain if any tree surgery is required. Boundary fences may require upgrading or repairing, shrubs pruned etc. so it’s always worthwhile checking to see if any short term expense is likely in any garden whether it be private or communal.

A neglected communal garden is a sign that neighbours can’t agree on who does, or pays for its upkeep and when the majority aren’t interested then you have to consider if it’s worth the effort to take on this task. I’m hoping that I get left to potter around and create simple spaces to sit and enjoy the sun. I don’t want to spend too much time or money so I’ll have to work with second hand, or simply constructed furniture and plants that are surplus to requirements in my clients’ gardens. In time, the garden will be an asset to me and also my neighbours and I can only hope that they will come and join in the fun.

When viewing a house, it is always a good idea to ask homeowners how much time they spend maintaining their garden to give an idea of the commitment you’ll have to make to its upkeep. All too often, I meet clients who want to reduce their maintenance time because they find themselves taking on too big a challenge. Gardens should be a pleasure not a chore and in many cases, simple changes that can be made to ease the burden and make your garden enjoyable.