I am about to become a homeowner at long last and I cannot wait. Freedom! My house and I can do what I want with it. But your own house also brings great responsibility and of course all those household chores. That's just inside the house, but what about the garden? For me the front is easy, it's paved to make a driveway, but the back has decking and a nice patch of grass. The grass was expertly cut when I viewed but as I am about to collect the keys, it is overgrown.
I want a garden to be proud of, but after a busy day at work, I can't imagine cutting the grass before darkness falls being top of my list of priorities and as for weekends, I play cricket on a Sunday, which just leaves Saturday and I am sure I can think of an excuse for then as well.
A garden says a lot about a person and I will want mine looking its best. I want a few tubs on the decking and nice grass at the centre that will be the envy of Wembley itself - or at the very least the next door neighbour. My man shed is already in place with a power supply.
However, I can see it now; this time next year, it's another wet summer, every spare day I get to cut the grass it rains, there are more weeds than blades of grass and the grass does resemble Wembley - albeit when it was being knocked down.
Is there a solution? I believe there is. I can have a pristine lawn all year around no matter the weather and weeds. They won't stand a chance. I am having a BBQ in the garden and don't even need to worry about spending time making the lawn look presentable. The answer is simple - an artificial lawn. My friend has one and I want one.
I may lose that smell of freshly cut grass, but my next door neighbours will provide that. And if they can get their grass looking as good as artificial turf, they are better people than me.
So my first steps into the real world of owning a house and my garden is the least of my worries. I have the perfect plan. To complete my perfect garden, there is the not so crazy idea of a hot tub, but that is another conversation for another day.
About the author: Gardening without the hassle by Brian Hartley, this article was written on behalf of Anglian Garden & Building Supplies