Plan your 2019 garden now

Garden design in rural location to frame the views, Rotherhurst, near Tunbridge Wells

November 7, 2018

Your ideal 2019 garden starts now

November – it’s a busy time of year. It’s when our diaries start filling up and our mental space is beginning to be invaded by thoughts that we need to make sure we order the turkey in time and will we need to get an extra inflatable mattress for all those guests.  But, if you have an idea that you want to turn your garden into your dream garden next year, it’s also the ideal season to make it happen.

If you’re still trying to work out how many guests you’ll have over the festive season, that may seem a planning step too far. Indeed, most people put off thinking about any garden re-design until long after the Christmas decorations have been taken down – in fact, the vast majority don’t start focusing on their gardens until the first spring bulbs are beginning to push their way through the ground.  But here are five reasons why now is the ideal time to get the ball rolling to make sure you get to enjoy your dream garden in 2019.

  1. By next spring, the best garden designers will all be fully booked, so they will only be able to plan and execute their designs for your garden later in the year. It will probably only be ready just in time for autumn – and you’ll pay a premium for securing their services given that their diaries are already pretty full. As the natural world goes to sleep in the autumn, garden designers and construction teams get quieter, so it is much easier to secure the services of your dream team.


  1. Tendering jobs in autumn and winter when contractors are quieter is more likely to yield a keen price.


  1. Spring and summer are crazy seasons for those in the world of garden design and build; as much as your chosen team will want to give you their undivided attention, they simply won’t be able to. By contrast, during the cooler months you may well have a dedicated team – and pay less for the privilege.


  1. It is often easier to determine the lay of the land once the leaves have fallen, especially potential views that you might not be able to see when trees, shrubs and bushes are in full leaf. Creating your ideal outdoor living space now may lead to a better, more imaginative design, as you have more of a blank canvas to work from, which may reveal more possibilities.


  1. If your new garden design requires moving plants, it needs to be done when they are dormant, from October to March. If you leave your garden design until the spring, you are likely to miss the opportunity to move established plants successfully, which may mean you end up paying for substitutes, which will add more cost.

Commissioning your garden design project now, during the cooler months, is likely to lead to a more dedicated service at less cost – and it may even result in a better design.  So if you have plans to transform your garden for 2019, now is the ideal time to book your chosen professional.


To discuss your dream garden designs call 01892 577371 or send us an email using our online form.

Based in Crowborough, Sussex, Dewlands offers garden design and maintenance services across:

Kent: Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone, Kings Hill

Sussex: Crawley, East Grinstead, Lewes, Battle, Hailsham in Sussex

Surrey: Redhill and Oxted in Surrey.

You can read a more comprehensive list of the area we cover here.

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