BE­FORE YOU BE­GIN

Kevin Ka­vanagh of South COAST gar­dens of­fers food for Thought.

Canadian Gardening Annual 2016 - - Great Garden Ideas 2016 -

• Get ready to greet your neigh­bours.

un­like a pri­vate back­yard, your front gar­den will be on full dis­play. as the tran­si­tion from lawn to gar­den gets un­der­way, be pre­pared to an­swer a lot of ques­tions – es­pe­cially about the plants that are get­ting in­stalled. also, neigh­bours with less gar­den knowl­edge may not ap­pre­ci­ate or understand the need to re­frain from walk­ing among the plants or al­low­ing their pets to do the same. if such be­hav­iour is a con­cern, treat th­ese in­cur­sions as a “teach­able mo­ment,” us­ing your best diplo­matic skills.

• Be aware of where your property line ac­tu­ally be­gins and ends.

Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of­ten own part of your front gar­den – typ­i­cally the ar­eas that border the side­walk or ditch. So it’s not ad­vis­able to grow large trees, cre­ate per­ma­nent struc­tures or in­stall ex­pen­sive spec­i­men plants there since they could be dug up for main­te­nance work. also, take note of over­head tele­phone and elec­tri­cal lines, and plant ac­cord­ingly.

• When work­ing near a side­walk, be cour­te­ous

and re­frain from plac­ing tools, wheel­bar­rows, plants or other ob­jects that might act as an ob­sta­cle or trip­ping haz­ard for pedes­tri­ans.

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