Updated! My garden makeover (with pics)

edited 26 June 2011 at 8:27PM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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edited 26 June 2011 at 8:27PM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
So, back garden wasn't looking too clever! Dreary concrete slab path straight from back door to back gate, drain inspection cover slap-bang in the middle, silly little bit of grass and not enough space for plants. Rear of house faces east BTW, so fence on right creates a huge shade area.

Yes the yew tree is out of scale with the garden, but it's a real haven for the birds. Will give it a really hard prune soon and hope it bounces back.

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All change!

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Ground-works in progress, note shade area as sun moves around at midday! There will be a central "diamond" then 'zig-zag' paths to give a 'dry river' look and the levels have been worked out so that the drain cover gets a 40mm cover of gravel over geo-textile. Framing the edging with all those angles was a major pain!

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95% done - edging is stained ebony to a bit contemporary, just need to trim weed fabric at edges once ground has settled. Colour scheme will be white/blue/yellow - most plants in/moved/split, summer bulbs to be planted today.

Kept slabs right at the back gate so wheelie-bin (part hidden by choysia) doesn't have to be dragged through gravel.

Back gate needs repainting in a neutral colour. Still thinking about what to do about clothes-line and concrete post...ideas?

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Materials costs probably £200ish, of course not accounting for my own time!
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  • boo80boo80 Forumite
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    Wow, it looks lovely! You've obviously put a lot of hard work in. Such an improvement, well done! x x
  • globetravellerglobetraveller Forumite
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    That's a great transformation:)
    weight loss target 23lbs/49lb
  • PudseyDBPudseyDB Forumite
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    Looks lovely - how long did it take you to do all that?
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  • dom300186dom300186 Forumite
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    what a lovely garden well done, how long did it take you to do this?
    Trying to make big cut backs!!!

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    BarneysmomBarneysmom Forumite
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    edited 2 May 2011 at 7:56AM
    It looks lovely what a massive improvement! So you can relax on your recliner now you've earned a break! :cool:

    There's not much you can do about the clothes line, maybe get a retractable one?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Minky-Retractable-Reel-Line-15metres/dp/B0001A96H2/ref=pd_sxp_f_pt
  • ERICS_MUMERICS_MUM Forumite
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    What a transformation ! It looks like a professional garden designer has done it.

    Could I be nosey and ask what you used to "border" the gravelled areas please ?


    Linda xx
  • mrbadexamplemrbadexample Forumite
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    Good looking path, but what happens if you need to access the inspection cover? :whistle:
    If you lend someone a tenner and never see them again, it was probably worth it.
  • Humpty4uHumpty4u Forumite
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    amcluesent wrote: »
    So, back garden wasn't looking too clever! Dreary concrete slab path straight from back door to back gate, drain inspection cover slap-bang in the middle, silly little bit of grass and not enough space for plants. Garden faces east BTW, so fence on right creates a huge shade area.

    Yes the yew tree is out of scale with the garden, but it's a real haven for the birds. Will give it a really hard prune soon and hope it bounces back.

    IMG_0326.jpg

    All change!

    IMG_0337.jpg

    Ground-works in progress, note shade area as sun moves around at midday! There will be a central "diamond" then 'zig-zag' paths to give a 'dry river' look and the levels have been worked out so that the drain cover gets a 40mm cover of gravel over geo-textile. Framing the edging with all those angles was a major pain!

    65948475.jpg

    95% done - edging is stained ebony to a bit contemporary, just need to trim weed fabric at edges once ground has settled. Colour scheme will be white/blue/yellow - most plants in/moved/split, summer bulbs to be planted today.

    Kept slabs right at the back gate so wheelie-bin (part hidden by choysia) doesn't have to be dragged through gravel.

    Back gate needs repainting in a neutral colour. Still thinking about what to do about clothes-line and concrete post...ideas?

    IMG_0343.jpg

    Materials costs probably £200ish, of course not accounting for my own time!

    Great Garden :T
  • really love the zig zag path:T
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  • alessev1alessev1 Forumite
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    Well done ,look amazing!
    May 2013:
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