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There was a time when land­scap­ing was an af­ter­thought but di­rec­tor of Se­cret Gar­dens of Syd­ney, Matt Cantwell says now peo­ple of­ten spend be­tween five and 30 per cent of the value of their home on the gar­den (above).

He says get­ting de­tailed draw­ings done of your plans will give you the most ac­cu­rate cost, but be re­al­is­tic about what you want ver­sus what you can af­ford. Gar­dens al­ways ben­e­fit from good site prepa­ra­tion.

“Peo­ple are al­ways over­do­ing it on the gar­den plan with­out un­der­stand­ing what re­ally com­pletes the pic­ture, which is the green el­e­ment, mak­ing sure you have good soil prepa­ra­tion, good de­sign so that you have the op­tion of hav­ing good ad­vanced plants.”

If you re­ally want some­thing, stick to it from the start be­cause, Matt says, it al­ways costs more to add in later.

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