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Redesigning new zone 10 garden for shade and water economy

14 years ago

I have a new built house on the Algarve and I am now in my second summer of living with the garden. The garden is quite big but rather featureless with herbaceous borders around the edges. It suffers from the problems of new gardens: poor soil, no large established shade trees, extensive areas of 'lawn'. The lawn grass is now, in midsummer, poor, with large dead areas and this despite nightly watering (at excessive cost).

I am a little overwhelmed - how to redesign the garden for shade and water economy?

I realise the quickest way to sort the problem is to have the garden professionally redesigned but I really can't afford this.

Has anyone gone through the same process and have any tips about where to start?

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