There is plenty of research that shows the mental and physical benefits of gardening such as relaxation, exercise and of course family fun. Planting a garden provides enjoyment for many homeowners - watching your garden go from bare ground to ripe produce or beautiful plants, offers a sense of satisfaction. Vegetable gardening can be particularly gratifying and an excellent source of fresh produce, from the soil preparation to the joy of harvesting.
“A well planned, functional garden design can be considered an investment. It can add "curb-appeal" to your house and in turn, increase the overall value of the home. Aside from the monetary value, a garden can assist in securing a quicker sale”, states Wendy Williams, Sales Director of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa. If you are planning on selling your property in the coming months, then refurbishing your garden should definitely be a consideration, but first gain an accurate assessment of your property’s market value from an expert such as a qualified real estate agent or valuator. Once you have this value, you will be able to work out your budget.
Boosting curb appeal is easy with the help of colourful plants and functional furniture. A good first impression could make a world of difference as you have a chance to influence how potential buyers feel about your home before they even step inside. Remember to try and keep it low-maintenance, even if you love gardening, it doesn’t mean the next owner will feel the same, and an elaborate, high maintenance garden can be considered a negative by a potential buyer.
If your garden is looking a little worse for wear after the winter, then getting your garden in shape for summer is the perfect project to tackle right now. You can revive your tired outdoors in no time - whether you are up for a bit of a larger project, or simply ‘dusting off’ the winter, Spring is the perfect time to start working towards the dream garden you have always been wishing for - whether it will be filled with healthy vegetables or colourful flowers.
We look at some steps to get you started:
Remember: The trick is to start small, whether you are growing a vegetable, herb or a flower garden.
Step 1: Preparation
Once this is done you have created a canvas to start with…
Ever wanted to try your hand at architecture? Planning your garden can be just as fun. By mapping out your garden it will be easier for you to see what will go where and what you still need:
Step 5: Don't Forget Decorative Touches
A spacious sitting area is the perfect spot to enjoy the garden. Patios, decks and pathways make the garden usable and provide space for you to enjoy all your hard work. Items to consider
Gardening can provide much more than beauty to your yard, growing something with your own two hands can fill a person with satisfaction and pride and is good for the soul. It is truly a life-time hobby, the more you learn the more proficient you will get and it is then the possibilities become endless.