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    • nrishiraj
    • By nrishiraj 16th Apr 18, 11:20 AM
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    Advice on decking (low budget)
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    • 16th Apr 18, 11:20 AM
    Advice on decking (low budget) 16th Apr 18 at 11:20 AM
    Hi moneysavers,

    We have a patch of soil in our garden (4.53 metres by 2.20 metres) where a shed used to be and we would like it covered with some decking so our 2.5 year old daughter can play on it. However, decking is quite expensive and we are looking for a low budget solution.

    Any ideas / thoughts?


    Last edited by nrishiraj; 16-04-2018 at 12:08 PM.
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    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 17th Apr 18, 7:32 PM
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    There's a sea of voices that always shout about ponds being a bad idea for kids... I've just created a pond BECAUSE i have little kids. I can't think of much that would amaze them more. I've put a string mesh fence around it with tree stakes to hold it in place. They're not falling in, but they'll see so much life, and become aware of the risks of water. I built a bridge so they can walk over it, lay on their tummies and look down the cracks into the water to try and find living things. I'm getting power set up and will get a pump/filter and some little roach, rudd and gudgeon or similar, and maybe a goldfish or two simply because they're easier to spot.

    I imagine driving a car with kids in it puts them at greater risk of life than having a garden pond.

    OP, this area would be good for a rockery if it's sunny. A play area, gravel, even a little slide down a rockery bank would be fun, but they'll soon grow out of it so if it's easier to change into something YOU want then all the better.

    If it's sunny you could get a raised planter for sunflowers...
    • nrishiraj
    • By nrishiraj 25th Apr 18, 10:53 AM
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    We are considering getting this on a low budget:

    What do you all think?

    It appears to be small for our area, so should we buy 2 of these?

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