Three Essentials for Every Garden Audit

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Now you have enjoyed being able to sit outside in your garden during the hazy summer months, your eyes have probably been drawn to areas of the garden that need some improvement. While the plants and flowers are in full bloom, use this opportunity to make notes as to what works, and what does not. The idea of writing notes may fill you with dread, but by autumn, you will have forgotten where troublesome plants are located that need removing, or where exactly is the best place in the garden to catch the early evening rays. The good news is that you can complete this garden audit from the comfort of your deckchair.

No garden audit is complete without the following three items listed:

Rubbish bins/oil tanks

You can have the most perfect blooms growing in your garden, the greenest of lawns and a barbeque on the go: an idyllic scene. Unfortunately, from your lounger, you can also see your household waste. There are several options for you to conceal unsightly rubbish bins or oil tanks. You can buy a screen to hide the offending items behind; an oriental screen will provide a contemporary addition to your garden. However, by using a trellis and selecting an evergreen plant such as ivy to grow up it, you can create a living wall that can blend with your garden less conspicuously.


Leylandii has been a popular choice of hedge plant for years. They are quick growing to give privacy, and they can do so in a whole variety of soil conditions; however, they are also the source of thousands of neighbour disputes: they drain gardens of water, nutrients and precious sunlight. If your plants are failing thriving, there is a good chance that your choice of hedge is to blame. There are plenty of options for replacing your troublesome hedge that can provide an attractive neighbour and garden friendly alternative; for example, Oakdale Fencing supplies a full range of fencing that can help you protect your perimeter. You must consider what you exactly want your fencing to achieve: is it privacy, a sound barrier or to keep livestock secure? Fencing can be used to benefit the aesthetic of your garden, with horizontal boarding used to elongate smaller spaces, and trellis topped panels to add decoration and support for climbing plants.


Sheds are an essential part of every garden: they store everything a gardener needs, and more than likely, everything the house doesn’t. Sorting out your shed must be on your list. You must treat it annually to keep it in tip-top condition. As a minimum, you should seal the windows to prevent damp and check for leaks, but ideally, you should repaint it. You can up-do your shed by using a coloured treatment to prevent rot; use a colour that complements the interior scheme of the rooms you can see it from in the house. By adding a hanging basket, fairy lights or some weatherproof bunting, you can transform your shed into a personalised feature of your garden that is more than just about utility.

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