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5 things to do now to get the garden you’ll love

For gardeners – or those who’ve dreamed of creating an outdoor space to relax in and enjoy – a spring spent close to home has presented some unique opportunities.

Whether it’s time to beautify the garden you already have, expand into new areas, or plan a new space you’ll enjoy for years, this is the time to have fun getting busy.

Here are 5 things you can do right now to create a space you’ll love:

  1. Weed. OK, while this may not immediately inspire visions of your ideal garden, it does bring some unexpected benefits, beyond tidy beds where your plants thrive. “Weeding brings tangible results quickly – you can feel productive and like you’ve accomplished something,” explains Katie Kroeker, of the Sidney’s Pacific Ridge Landscapes. For others, the practice is meditative. (And practically speaking, weeding now, before the ground gets hard, is much easier.)
  2. Get inspired. As you scroll Pinterest, consider images you enjoy and connect with … and don’t. “Even if you don’t know exactly where you’re going in your garden, determining what you don’t like can help if you feel paralyzed by choice.” As a family, stroll your neighbourhood and see what others have created. While magazine photos and professional gardens are beautiful, the spaces can seem inaccessible; this lets you see what others are doing locally. “It wakes you up to what’s around and what works in your area,” Kroeker says.
  3. Ask for help. While social media may be filled with home-baked sourdough and crafty projects right now, know that you don’t have to do everything. “There’s a lot of pressure to ‘do this time well,’ but gardening isn’t for everybody,” Kroeker says. AND THAT’S OK. For some, help may mean a garden maintenance service, for others, a designer to plan and create the space, while they fill garden beds with plants. “Let yourself off the hook and ask for help so you can enjoy your space.”
  4. Do your research. Armed with those inspiring photos you love, and a few ideas of what you might like to create, research local landscape designers to find someone who fits your goals and philosophy. And yes, go beyond Google. What’s their design process? Do they have a design philosophy or ethos? What do their clients say? “It’s important to find someone who really fits for you,” Kroeker says. “I’d look for someone who demonstrates a sense of place and a seamless connection between the garden and the home.”
  5. Create a budget. While about as fun as weeding for some, a budget – large or small – lets a landscape professional determine which services make the most sense for your goals. “A good and reputable landscaper will want to collaborate with you throughout the experience and provide the best value for your money,” Kroeker says. “This is for you, and we want that experience to be wonderful.”


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