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For many of us, the return of spring means migrating to the garden, once again enjoying alfresco dining and a spot of weekend pruning. As the evenings get lighter and our grass becomes greener, Jeff Colton, landscape gardener here at Millwood Designer Homes, has shared his top tips to ensure that your outdoor space is a sanctuary this spring time:


Give yourself time to see how you use your garden and take note of which areas you are drawn to spending the most time in. It is recommended for buyers to spend a year in their new home before making any big decisions, such as laying patio or building an outdoor garden room.


Try not to get too carried away with instant colour. Instead, research which sorts of plants will suit your soil, conditions and aspect. Plants with bright flowers may look lovely in the sunshine at your local garden centre, but may not do so well in a damp and shady corner of your garden – with a little research, you’ll find that there are some fantastic plants that will thrive in exactly these conditions.


From bark chippings, stone and gravel, to organic matter like green or mushroom compost, mulching is a great idea; helping to stifle weeds, retain moisture and even improve the soil condition. However, it is important to consider what you plan to do with the beds before choosing your mulch. For example, when using stone and gravel you may also want to add a weed membrane, but this will limit you access to the soil below for further planting.


A good quality hosepipe and sprinkler to help your plants and lawn establish should be at the top of your garden shopping list! There are numerous good quality sprinklers on offer, each type providing information on coverage areas and dictated by the size of your garden. You may also want to look at installing a water butt to catch any run-off rain from roofs and sheds – all the more important now that we are in the midst of a second consecutive dry spring!

Gardens are about how they make you feel. There are no rights or wrongs in gardening, it’s all about giving it a go and learning from our mistakes! Whether you’ve recently retired and are eager to grow your own fruit and veg, you’re first-time buyers looking for an idyllic spot to relax in, or you’re looking for a family home with a larger garden ideal for the kids to kick a football around in, like the impressive outdoor spaces at Tibbs Court Farm, we have the perfect home and garden for you here.