The biggest garden project planning mistake people make

By Orla McGoldrick
2 min read

Winter is upon us once more. It’s dark when we head off to work and dark when we come home. Trees are bare and many plants are going into hibernation mode.

It’s no wonder the garden gets forgotten at this time of year.

If you’ve got a garden project in mind – a new patio, garden room or planting scheme, perhaps – it’s easy to think you need to wait until spring to get started.

But that’s a big mistake. In fact, right now in winter is the best time to do your planning for next year. By getting things started now, you’ll have plenty of time to think about your options. And if you’re really on the ball, you could even have everything ready for you to enjoy from the beginning of spring.


Why winter is the perfect time for garden project planning

Between November and March, poor weather and shorter days mean there’s less you or your contractors can get done outside.

But there’s one big benefit of getting your garden project started over winter. During the colder months, landscape designers and paving contractors have more free time to visit new clients. It’s much easier to book someone for a visit than during the busy period, from April onwards.

In fact, during summer you may have to wait several weeks for a landscape designer to visit, and possibly longer for paving contractors. If you can start the design process during the winter months, you’ll have plenty of time to chat to your designer about your ideas.

If you’re planning a hard landscaping project, our landscape design team can help you plan your job from start to finish. Then you can visit a Tobermore Paving Centre and browse through product samples – and take some home, too.

For customers in England, Wales or Scotland, you can book a virtual consultation with a Tobermore landscape designer, then visit an approved stockist in your area and see samples and order your products for delivery.


What’s the best landscape design service for me?

The Bronze Design Service is a free 30-minute virtual design consultation with a landscape designer. During the consultation, your designer will suggest creative ideas for your outdoor space, and the Tobermore paving products that would work well for your design.

Following the consultation, you’ll receive a hand-drawn sketch of the design idea and a quote for the products suggested.

Customers in Northern Ireland can also book a home visit from one of our landscape designers.

With your designs in hand, you can book a Tobermore Registered Paving Contractor who will be able to schedule your project in good time. Popular paving contractors will likely be booked up six months in advance, so you’ll reap the benefits of getting your project started early.

Once your hard landscaping is finished, you’ll be in a great position to lay new lawns and put in spring planting.

Need help with landscape design?

Our landscape design consultation service is available in a range of packages to suit all projects and budgets.

Orla McGoldrick

Orla is the Consumer Marketing Manager at Tobermore. Her role involves developing and delivering marketing campaigns for the retail market across NI/ROI and GB.

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