Posted: 06/05/2015 at 17:03
Hi Wayne. A great project for you and I'd agree with PPots - keep everything tidy, remove rubbish and anything invasive or unwanted and then take a bit of time to decide what you want and what you don't want for your garden.
My advice is always the same - make a list of your likes and dislikes whether that's colours, styles, planting or hard landscaping materials. Check what kind of soil you have and where the sun is at various times of day, including anything nearby which will affect light - garages, overhanging trees etc. Then make a list of your requirements - dining/seating areas, play area for children if you have them, veg plot if you'd like that, storage/ work area and so on. When you've done that, measure your plot as well as you can and draw up a plan which you can then work out ideas on. Make a few copies as that makes it easier when you change your mind - which you will! Doesn't have to be fancy but make sure anything you draw is to scale.