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Garden solutions - September

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Improving the look of a front garden can have a significant impact on a potential buyer’s perception of the property. First impressions count in this instance and set the tone for a viewing. Often the external finishes and attention to detail are overlooked and the scene isn’t set until the first step over the threshold. Edging the lawn defines a line and is one of the simplest, yet most effective ways of making a garden look cared for. I had a resident spider in my door bell and we had a regular disagreement as to who owned it, but I was extra vigil when my house was on the market!

As autumn will soon be upon us, keeping the front entrance area free of fallen leaves could be a daily task. My main door was at the side of the house, halfway up a long drive and this was mirrored by my neighbour’s property so it created a wind tunnel effect where plants in pots dried out very quickly. Some herbs coped well in this condition but other plants suffered if they weren’t watered daily. If time for maintenance is restricted, then consider a group of pots with tall stems of contorted willow or sculptural steel to add a focal point. This is a great opportunity to give a flavour of the style that lies within the house. Often I see a home with a modern interior of lovely clean cut lines and the garden looking dated and out of character with the owner’s personalities.

There are lots of good ideas online to suit all budgets, such as Pinterest, that can inspire solutions to dress up an entrance. Winter is a more difficult time to use a garden to sell the potential the property has to offer if the structure of the garden is not already in place. Gardens with a high percentage of evergreens will retain more interest and colour than a beautiful perennial filled border. Having photographs of the garden on display showing it throughout the year would help potential buyers to imagine themselves sitting out in the summer.

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I sent a video clip of my garden on a lovely summers evening to the new owner as I was concerned that summer would be over before they took possession of the house and they would therefore have to wait 6 or 7 months to enjoy that experience. Thankfully September is expected to be warm so they may have a few days to relax in the back garden where there are a significant number of evergreens and good autumn colour to enjoy.