With many people spending more time in their gardens, Paving Superstore looked at five common landscaping hurdles and offer some strategic solutions that will save you time and fuss in the long run:

Designing against the wind

Designing windbreaks into your garden is a great way to combat this hurdle and windbreaks can be natural or man-made depending to blend seamlessly into your current garden landscape. Some of the quickest, simplest solutions can be found in garden walling sections and instant garden walling. Most options are mountable to any surface and are available in 1 or 2-metre lengths, making them perfect for any sized garden.

Too public

If you like the idea of privacy and protection from the elements but walling isn’t your cup of tea, a natural barrier may sound more appealing. The uk is full of nurseries selling medium or tall shrubs and plants that can create a natural screen from the outside world. Feature pots and planters are ideal for designing privacy into your garden – especially if you can’t wait for trees to grow. For an aesthetic effect that doubles as a natural barrier, choose pots you can stack geometrically alongside one another.

Protecting your topsoil

When the rain sets in a little too heavily, surface run-off can wash away the valuable topsoil and fertilisers you’ve invested in to bring your garden to life. The effects of run-off can be especially tragic if your outdoor area is built on terrain that’s less than flat. The simplest solution is to choose either high-quality garden turf in the first instance or switch entirely to artificial grass. Another brilliant solution involves creating multiple walled or bordered layers using tasteful garden boulders and feature stones. Placing these strategically at the base of a slope can help to counter the damaging effects of run-off and drainage or flooding problems lower down in your garden.

Functionality vs style

Landscaping for functionality doesn’t mean throwing your garden’s style theme out the window – paving can harmonise with or stand out from your current landscape, both to great effect.  Garden paving also makes maintenance much easier, especially in larger gardens. In smaller properties, it’s often the central feature of your garden patio. With limestone paving, granite paving, slate paving, cobble sett, sandstone, and paving slabs, it’s just about choosing something that both sets off your garden furniture and will stand the test of time.

Keeping gardens clutter-free

Hoses, gardening tools, gloves, and everything else maintenance-related all play their part, but don’t make for a relaxing outside atmosphere when left scattered around. If atmosphere and ambience are important to you, a proper shed and workshop is the answer. Tool, bike, and log stores provide a secure place to store all the garden essentials needed to keep your outdoor area looking lovely.


Georgina Read, Director at Paving Superstore commented:

“When you’ve got a clear idea of the most common UK landscaping hurdles in mind, creating the ideal outdoor area doesn’t have to be a headache! When it comes to landscaping your dream outdoor space, there’s lots of fun to be had. With a clever approach that blends style and functionality, any hurdles can be overcome – and being aware of some of the more common hurdles can make the design process much easier”.

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