BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Kevin Kavanagh of South COAST gardens offers food for Thought.
• 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.