The South West London Gardener

A Guide to Revamping Your Garden

painting a fence

Many people may think a garden transformation is a huge job that will take lots of time and cost lots of money.

While this can sometimes be the case, it doesn’t always have to be.

A garden revamp is a technique we often use here at The Southwest London Gardener, and it can mean your garden is rejuvenated using materials already in it for a third of the cost of a full refurbishment.

So, what is a garden revamp, and is it a good choice for your garden?

Let’s take a look

What is a Garden Revamp?

Sometimes the most time and cost-efficient way of changing your garden is through a revamp.

This is when materials already in use in your current garden are retained and refurbished, meaning there isn’t a large financial layout for a bunch of new materials.

For example, we recently changed a fence on one of our projects. Instead of adding a whole new fence, we kept the panels in place, changing the posts only and saving the client hundreds of pounds in the process.

A garden revamp can contain garden structures such as fences, decking, and pergolas, and also often involves retaining well matured plants and tidying them up, as well as adding fresh shrubberies to transform the feel of your garden.

5 Tips on How to Undergo a Garden Refurbishment

Assess Your Current Materials

The first step is to work out what you’ve got.

Firstly, focus on the elements of your garden that can’t be removed, such as some structures or large shrubberies such as trees.

Other hardscaping elements such as patios and pathways need to also be taken into account.

Look into the parts of your garden that you would like to keep, and which areas can be improved.

It is also wise to assess the condition of your garden materials. If things are still looking healthy, then they may well be ready to last for many years yet so will not need replacing and can be reused in your new garden.

Knowing what you have to work with is the first step in transforming your outside space.

Create a Garden Design

Once you know what materials you would like to retain and what you need to replace, you can go about creating a design.

A garden design is the cornerstone of all good projects and should be one of the first things that you work on.

Some important things to consider are what you would like to achieve from your garden refurbishment. Once you know this, you can add in the elements needed to achieve this.

This is when you can take the budget of the project and timescale into account and work out how you will reuse the elements in your garden that you plan to retain.

Get Creative

It is important that you let your creative juices flow when working on your garden.

Take a close look at what you have in your outside space and let your mind run free as you think of ways to incorporate them into your new garden layout.

Why not bring your fence back to life with a splash of paint, or alternatively why not turn the old furniture you were going to get rid of into a brand-new set with new purposes, or use it as decoration.

There are many ways you can use what’s already in your garden to add new features, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can do. Use your creative ideas for your old elements and add new ones to give your garden a new lease of life.

Know What to Focus On

When working on revamping old gardening materials, it is important to know what to focus on to make sure your refurbishment will have the maximum effect.

Texture and colour are two important aspects that can really change the look and feel of a garden structure.

For example, if you have a line of green shrubberies, why not add a dash of colour to it in the form of new flowers to completely transform how this area looks.

Alternatively, you could look to change the texture of a gravel path by adding different shaped stones to make this seem like a completely new element.

Keep Things Tidy

The final step to a successful garden refurbishment is to keep things tidy.

Making sure the elements of your garden that you are keeping is well maintained is important for now and for the future as it will help your garden features last longer.

Treating your hardscape elements to a dash of paint or a sand and varnish is a great method of sprucing these up and ensuring they are protected.

It is also important to trim back your trees and plants that may be getting overgrown and make sure that your greenery is looking trim and healthy.

Finally, clean up all of the debris left behind from the work and admire a clean and clutter-free garden refurbishment.

pergola and Brazilian slate patio

Benefits of Revamping your Garden

  • Lower Cost – One of the biggest benefits of this type of garden transformation is that it costs less. Buying materials is a huge expense in any gardening project, and if you can keep the need for new material down by reusing old materials then you’re on your way to a budget-friendly new garden.
  • Less Time Spent on the Project – A garden project can take a long time, especially when it involves removing old materials before installing new ones. If you can have a quick revamp and retain a lot of the current materials, then you can keep the timescale down that it takes to complete the project.
  • Maintain Your Garden Character – If you have designed a garden that is perfect for you, then you may be able to maintain some of this character in your new design by incorporating some of the older elements.
  • Low Maintenance – By using a lot of materials in your garden that last a long time and therefore are reusable and can be revamped, then the chances are these are low-maintenance and suited to the local environment, meaning they don’t require too much upkeep.
  • Eco-Friendly Choice – Reusing and recycling materials currently in your garden means you aren’t buying new products and are making the most of the resources you already have, which is a great sustainable option.

Garden Revamp with The Southwest London Gardener

If you’re looking for a garden refurbishment in or around London, then why not get in touch with The Southwest London Gardener.

Our team have revamped many gardens, and could transform your outside space in a cost-efficient, sustainable, and quick way.