Posted: 26/12/2016 at 13:59
Good advice. It's always a good idea to watch a garden grow for the first season you're the proud owners. That gives you time to see what's there, what you like, what you hate, what needs helping along or removing and also time to watch how the sun and rain and light behave so you can plan what and where to place and plant features in your garden.
Get in there now and clear by hand any obvious rubble and rubbish. Pull or dig up any obvious brambles of thistles. As soon as possible, buy, hire or borrow a strimmer to cut down long grass and herbaceous stems but not shrubs or trees and rake away the trimmings to start a compost heap.
Then wait and see what grows come spring before you start sweeping everything up with a digger and risk losing treasures.