During a recent all-day garden walk we hosted, dozens of guests complimented how clean and manicured the property looked. Rewind a few weeks prior, and the guests would have taken away a different impression—why does everything look so torn up and disrupted?
If there is such a thing, a typical project follows the following arc of events: existing conditions, removals, site preparation, construction, and details. Since we have a moment, lets look briefly at each stage and share a few thoughts.
Existing Conditions—this is our starting point, and often is overgrown and not functioning well. We assess what will stay, what will be removed, and what can be repurposed. At this point, clients will often look at us and say, “you’ve got to do something with this place!”
Removals make the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time. This stage peels back overgrown plants, exposes parts of the property that became hidden over time, and leaves clients often remarking, “who knew it could look so good, just by taking away all the overgrown things!”
So while most garden blogs will show off their end result, our Dirty Little Secret today will show off a few messes, knowing that sometimes to make a place look better, you have to tear it up a little first.