I wonder if any of you could be so kind as to help me. I think I should point out that neither my wife nor myself are in any way competant gardeners. In fact, if you want anything to die plant wise, give it to us to ensure a swift demise.
Last spring we had our garden re "built"
We are trying to be as low maintenance as possible, so we now have patio, a small patch of lawn for the dog to destroy with her urine and a border.
The border is the first part of our problem. It is surrounded by sleepers & is about 7.5m long by 1m wide. Its is totally shaded.100%. The only daylight the border might see is midday on Summer solstice, other than that, forget it.
I have absolutely no idea what type of soil I have, other than its brown & has small stones in it.
We would like to know, is there any shrubs or plants that are ok for dogs, that would spread out & eventually fill the border. We would like something as low maintenance as possible.
Secondly, the new lawn of last spring is now destroyed by the dog. We did follow the instructions when it was laid and for a few weeks, it looked stunning. But a combination of wet weather & the dog's atomic urine now sees large bare patches all over it.
Should we just get it relaid as its beyond repair or can it be salvaged?
Many thanks for any help any one can give.
The hopeless gardeners