Living within close proximity to other residents, with property lines and garden spaces, can often lead to an underlying tension. Tree branches can lean themselves across fences, untidy gardens can compromise the quality of one’s view, and noisy activities can ruin a peaceful period. This is a shame because there is a great and positive prospect for communities, as well as a harmony that comes from connecting with your neighbours.
Achieving this connection, however, is not always impossible. In fact, with a few basic considerations, your home and garden can prevent such frustrations from happening altogether. To show you how, we’ve put together a list of the best ways to create a garden design ideal for neighbourhood harmony.
While fences and hedges may divide our properties, we must remember that the earth upon which our gardens lie is shared. This is important to remember because how we treat, or neglect, our garden soil can eventually impact our neighbours too.
Fast-growing plants, such as brambles and bindweed, can spread themselves across large patches of land in a matter of weeks, especially if the weather has been particularly accommodating. If these plants are left unchecked, they will not only spread into neighbouring properties but will also affect and overwhelm other plants too. So for the sake of your neighbours’ landscape, keep on top of your weeds!
External garden assets like our outdoor seating and sheds are subject to worsening, especially in extreme weather conditions. Our standards for decay, such as rust and rot, might be more lenient than our neighbours and, if not given the right consideration, we can prompt onlookers to feel uncomfortable at the state of our garden’s appearance.
Purchasing high-quality garden furniture and upgrading your garden shed, or altogether replacing it with a decadent log cabin, is not only a great decision for your property’s value but also for your neighbours’ vista.
Sharing produce that you have grown is both a kind gesture toward your neighbour, as well as one that encourages their investment in your own garden space. If, for example, your potato crop is abundant or your herb selection plentiful, then your neighbours will be all the more excited.
A distinct garden aesthetic might be something you’ve always wanted and, while nothing should prevent you from embracing a design that you dream of having, it should be viewed from the perspective of others too. Certain designs that are growing in popularity, such as the No Mow movement, lead gardens to become both beautiful and a home for wildlife. Unfortunately, welcoming creatures to your own garden seldom keeps them from entering others.
Keep this in mind when designing new features, such as ponds and compost facilities, since the risk of pests is not only limited to your own property. Other stylistic choices, however, such as colours of paint, might be a little more difficult to enjoy diplomatically.