The new family home is a major element of the housing industry and New Build Hedges are therefore a vital aspect of the private outside space provided…
New Build Hedges
The garden areas of a typical mid-market new family home need to offer:
- A front space generally given over to car parking
- A secure back garden offering both an area laid to lawn intended primarily as a children’s play area and a patio (stone or decking) for entertaining
New Build Hedges – Back Garden Security
Our starting point is a previous post titled New Builds: Fencing or Hedging? Please click HERE. However, as any parent knows, protecting children from real or perceived danger is a priority and while an established hedge will protect them better than a fence, even a double row of newly planted c.2m hedging needs time to mesh into a single hedge. Therefore, when it comes to selling a house to parents, a fence is all but an inevitable necessity.
However, a fence, especially one delineating a newly laid garden with few, if any, plants, is stark and uninviting. Therefore, planting hedging plants in front of the fence brings life to the garden and makes it a far more welcoming place. And as a garden for children needs to be able to stand up to rough treatment, choose robust and robust looking plants – Yew, Privet or Laurel, for example [add hyperlinks].
Yes, containers again! All we have said about containers in previous posts holds true here – and there are a couple of other considerations:
Patios: Like bare and newly laid turf, newly laid, naked paving or decking is a little cold. The addition of a couple of planted containers turns hard landscaping into that inviting, ‘extra’ room. There is a great variety to choose from:
- Box balls and pyramids (instant topiary) add immediate (and highly cost-effective) style
- Yew provides a sense of quintessential Englishness that marks out the patio as the place where grown-ups play
- Photinia Red Robin brings a bright splash of colour
- Winter Flowering: If you know you could be marketing the property during winter, then choose a winter flowering variety – even better if you place the container(s) so they can be seen from the house – “Yes, your new garden flowers in winter!” Choose from:
- Sarcococca confusa AGM (Sweet Box)
- Sarcococca ruscifolia (Christmas Box)
- Elaeagnus × ebbingei
- Elaeagnus x ebbingei ‘Limelight’
Make a Feature of the Garden you’re selling
The interiors of new homes are considered in detail and those details help sell the property. Giving the back garden similar attention is simple, requires little extra work (we’re here to make it easy) and, above all, inexpensive and beneficial.
Present them with a welcoming back garden featuring a well and carefully laid lawn (“And we’ve chosen a grass mix that’s hard-wearing and doesn’t need much mowing”), and that extra care will be recognised and appreciated. It’s not just kitchens and bathrooms that sell houses.