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To Pave or Not to Pave?

To Pave or Not to Pave? - Shane Steele

I'm stuck in something of an internal conflict at the moment. See, I've just moved into a new house and it has an enormous front garden that is absolutely covered in all of these amazing flowers and little shrubs and things. The previous owners were clearly gardening enthusiasts of the highest order.

There's just one small problem: I'm nothing of the sort. I'm used to living in an environment where there was park paving as far as the eye could see and have never maintained even so much as a plant in my life, let alone an entire garden full of them. I guess moving out of the city and into the suburbs comes with its own unexpected set of changes.

So now my internal monologue is going back and forth about whether or not I should put in the effort to learn how to maintain all of the plants in the garden or if I should just cover the whole thing in park paving Edmonton and be done with it.

On one hand the garden looks absolutely amazing. You can tell straight away that it’s pretty much the centrepiece of the entire house and it gets admiring glances from all of the neighbours. I've already had a few making polite conversation and mentioning just how many hours the previous occupants spent maintain the thing. I just don't have that much time.

Which brings up the possibility of getting rid of the garden and covering everything in park paving? For one it will free up plenty of space so that other people can park up when they come to visit, which is always handy, but I also lose something that has clearly had a lot of care and attention go into it.

I think the real answer is something of a middle-ground solution. I think I may maintain some of the garden so that there is still a little greenery dotted around the front of the house. Plus there are a few plants that I really like the look of. But I'll cover over enough to park a car on with park paving too. That way I get the best of both worlds. My jobs now are to find a company that can sort out the paving part at a reasonable price and to read up on what plants are in the garden and how I need to go about maintaining them before I make any final decisions.

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