Before I talk Reno lets back up...
I LOVE my garden.
When I first bought my house, it was like a jungle. The fence was held up by some twine around the nearest overgrown tree, and it was so dark inside the house from all the foliage……
It took a while, but eventually, we ripped everything out, got rid of the ugly weed trees and put up a nice new fence so the neighbours didn’t have a full view of our living areas! Being up a bit higher than everyone else in the street… it was like living in a goldfish bowl!
So needless to say, I’m a bit precious about the garden these days. In fact, if you get me on the phone for longer than a few minutes, 9 times out of 10 I will end up out in the garden pulling weeds while I’m talking to you. Fact.
I’ve put in lots of beautiful trees, I rescued a heap of mature Buxus hedging from my best friends parents house before it got pulled down post-earthquake….. I’ve even rescued the old pond that was put in when the house was built in the 1950s.
So that’s my garden story.
And then what happens???????? Scaffolding happens.
Now, I absolutely get that the scaff has to sit on something, and I can totally cope with some dead patches of grass where the timber has been put down for the scaff to sit on. I can fix those without losing too much sleep….. but then the giant water drums arrive. So now not only do I have an entire lawn that needs to be replaced, but I also have the partially crushed NZ cranberry bushes that have been stood on to get the giant drums in place to deal with…….. and did anyone tell me?????? Nope!
Now, if I was one of ‘those’ clients who are out to make my builders life just that little bit more difficult, I would be demanding that my gardens get remediated once the scaff is taken down. And not just remediated, repaired to my satisfaction which does NOT include just throwing down a bit of seed afterward.
Dealing with the Environment
So, how could a builder deal with the likes of me going feral on them because of the garden damage?
- Explain from the outset that the garden is likely to be damaged, and how you plan on minimizing the damage as much as possible. Find out the no-go areas (grandmas roses etc)
- Make an allowance for any potential damage and be clear about what that would cover (enough for new grass but not enough for plant damage). Get feedback and find out if the client wants more or less covered!
- Tag out damage to lawns and gardens completely…. And make sure the owner is aware of this!!!
- Give the owner notice when likely damage will occur – save the shock factor!
Sadly, in this instance…… I have only myself to blame lol. Don’t worry little garden – I’ll make you pretty again!