This summer, are you looking around your garden and finding that it needs a change? There are many reasons why a garden might need minor changes or even a complete overhaul.

Here are some reasons why you might want a garden makeover

  • Plants have outgrown their spaces, creating a crowded and cluttered look or forcing out more delicate growers.
  • Maturing trees and shrubs or new construction has created more shade than there was when the garden was planted, and “full sun” plants are no longer thriving.
  • Your needs have changed—perhaps you want a garden that includes a sitting area, or you want your garden to provide fruits and vegetables instead of only ornamental appeal.
  •  Ability or availability has changed—perhaps a different work schedule, additions to the family or new hobbies have reduced the time you can spend working on your garden, or maybe you’ve had a change in health that limits the tasks you can perform.
  • Taste or interests have changed—maybe you want to incorporate more indigenous plants into your garden, you want to attract more birds or butterflies or you want to create a garden that appeals to all five senses.


  1. Remove dead trees and shrubs.
  2. Prune large trees if needed.
  3. Modify or replace patios or decks. These new surfaces can be great spots for planters, which will offer a creative planting outlet while your larger project goes on.
  4. If desired, put in new paths or fencing, water features, irrigation, lights.
  5. Tidy things up and reassess the garden’s new look. If it looks too bare (in spring), consider scented geraniums and other annuals for filler plants in sun or partial shade, as they’ll fill in very quickly, flower all summer and cost little.
  6. Use abundantly planted containers to distract the eye. Paint a statement wall and all pots connected to it.
  7. Scatter wild flower seed packets in beds that look bare.

Why go through all this trouble?

Gardening has been around for as long as humans have been growing food. Through the centuries, gardens have served not only as places to grow plants but as spaces for people to relax, to focus, and to connect with nature and each other.

  •  Improves your mood and make you feel more peaceful
  • Boosts your self-esteem when you see your work pay off
  • Improves your attention span by learning to concentrate on what’s right in front of you
  • Provides exercise through weeding, raking and digging.
  • Regular exercise reduces anxiety and depression
  • Encourages social bonds when you garden with others or discuss your successes or

“Xtreme Garden Design is a full service landscaping design and installation company, based in Centurion, Pretoria. With over 20 years’ of experience across a broad-spectrum of garden services, we have become a preferred landscaper for a growing list of residential and commercial customers. Every season brings with it a series of new check-lists to adhere to. With 20 years in the industry, work experience across five different provinces, experience in running a nursery as well as teaching the art of landscape design – we’ve done it all. Over the two decades we’ve dealt with all kinds of garden-related challenges and solved them through our 5-point value system: • Honesty • Creativity • Precision • Integrity • Safety We don’t back down.”

Contact Louise Heyns on +27 83 567 2322 or to start your next garden adventure!

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