My wishlist for the garden renovation
If the property you buy has a garden.. sooner or later you'll have to spruce that up too!
Renovating a garden is certainly easier than pouring a new concrete floor, however it's still time consuming. As a first step I suggest mowing down and cutting away anything that's overgrown, as to start with a clean-ish slate.
Investing in a lawn mower and decent garden scissors is a good approach - you'll have to buy them sooner or later and it'll make your life easier having them available when you need them.
Next step? Figuring how much effort, over time, you want to put into your garden - if you want something low maintenance, trees and bushes are the way to go. Flower beds already require more attention - seasonal plans and flowers even more.
The third step is investigating what plans are best suited to the Irish climate. I suggest making a list according to plant type (tree, bush, flower, etc.) and then choosing only one. You don't want to overwhelm your garden with plants, and it's always best to start moderate at first.
Lastly, draw a plan of how your ideal garden should look like: where you plan to plant your trees, flowers and where the shed'll go! It'll allow you to have a better idea of the space involved and keep it clean and elegant.
Here's my wishlist for the garden - getting ready for the summer! :D Stay tuned to see the before and after pictures of my garden.