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Charlie Albone

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Help! can you give us any ideas what we can do in our backyard? 

Hi, I was wondering if you could give us any tips on how to make our backyard a decent backyard, as you can see from the photo is a massive job. I've tried to design ideas on how we can use the space with a shed and pergola but its just such a overwhelming job, i have no idea where to even start,
Can you please give us any ideas that would make it easier to tackle?

Answered Thursday 27 October 2011

On big jobs you need a plan so you can stage the build. Start the expense jobs first then the later ones will fly by.

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Charlie Albone

Charlie Albone has been designing gardens for 12 years and is an expert on planting and landscaping.

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