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The garden of a new house may look pristine, but newly-laid patios and lawns can hide a multitude of sins. Take time to assess the site and soil before putting your own stamp on the garden.
Some new-build homes may have custom designed and landscaped gardens, but most homebuyers will typically be faced with paving, turf or bare, levelled ground and a feature tree.
Work can be undertaken all year round but autumn and winter are best for soil cultivations; autumn and spring for planting.
A new garden can seem daunting but, if you break down the task into simple steps, it will be much easier to tackle.
1. Site assessment
2. Soil improvement
3. Designing and planning
4. Hard landscaping
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