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02/08/2014 at 09:52

We have recently moved into a property which has a rather large garden which has not been maintained for some years. We have had some tree surgery done but now need to get the garden cleared and levelled. When is the best time to do this? We probably won't be able to complete the garden for use this Summer so is it better to get the garden cleared before Winter and then start design work in the Spring or should we wait until the new year and do everything in Spring?

02/08/2014 at 09:57

I'd get started now - who knows how long or how wet the winter may be - if you get the main clearing and groundwork done now and dig in manure, compost etc and sort things out you could start structural planting this autumn and then plant out roses,  herbaceous perennials etc as soon as spring arrives.

Good luck - sounds like a great project.  We'd love to see some pictures  

02/08/2014 at 10:14

Can't agree more dove. Trying to clear a garden in the more inclement months makes the task more arduous than ever. Started now, by the end of september you can look to either plant or have designs well planned. The winter months can be used for plant hunting, tweek's to plans and just watching the conditions change in the garden. Watching your conditions change can be more important than ever in a new garden, as water levels will change and previous thoughts may change radically. Patience, and the winter months give you that opportunity, can be vital, as good planning reduces the probability of costly failures. As Dove says, post some picture's, we all like to see gardens develop, and the free advice you will get here is worth a thousand books.

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