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07/08/2013 at 13:57


im looking for some ideas on transforming this patch of patio. Its quite uneven and in a slope it also attracts the weeds and looks an eyesore. I dont have too much money to spend as we rent.

ive thought about putting some membrane down and then gravel but i would have to think about retaining the gravel? 

i would love to have a pergola and use it as an additional seating area but costings are too much at the moment.

can anyone give me some ideas please?

many thanks 


07/08/2013 at 13:59

You could put some of that astroturf stuff on, and then when you move, roll it up like a carpet and take it with you.

07/08/2013 at 14:04

Shame it's so uneven, I like it better than the drain and the concrete path.

Couldn't you tidy it up, spray the weeds with glyphosate and put some pots of flowers on it?

I'm not that keen on gravel, except on drives, or gravel beds around lavender or rock plants etc., as it gets everywhere, isn't comfy to push wheelbarrows on and grazes children's knees when the fall on it. A pergola and a seating area would be lovely. If you have a handy husband you could get cheaper wood from somewhere like a sawmill.

07/08/2013 at 14:09

How about taking up the odd slabs, filling the holes with soil/compost and planting some shrubs or flowers in them. Kill the weeds with glyphosate first though.

07/08/2013 at 14:13

Thanks for the ideas! 

Astro turf is lovely, but too much money at the moment. 

I agree that the paving does break up the grey concrete! I have been in a cycle of tidying it up, clearing the weeds then leaving it for a couple of months ... only to be back to square one! I really must finish off this project. 

Ive never used chemicals so far and have just cleared them by hand, may give it a try to get rid of them in the long term. 

Thanks again!

07/08/2013 at 14:15

deckpall deck over it?.

07/08/2013 at 14:16

sorry auto correct deck over it! 

07/08/2013 at 14:17

SwissSue - i was just thinking of that idea! Must be telepathic! 

Im out to going to buy sone glyphosate. I'll post a pic of the finished article if i ever get it finished! 


07/08/2013 at 14:18

I'd love to deck evenually, but money is an issue at the moment

thanks stacey

07/08/2013 at 16:00

Once you've killed off the weeds how about planting creeping Thyme in the gaps?

07/08/2013 at 19:24

It looks beautiful Addict.. I may use this idea! Thanks

07/08/2013 at 19:33

Snowbelle, take a look at archipem's thread - he has used old pallets treated with sump oil as decking.  There is a newer thread with more pictures and some other great ideas but I haven't been able to find it.  You wouldn't need as many pallets as Archie did, and you may well be able to scrounge some from a builders merchant or similar.  Very useful things free pallets (raised beds, decking, fences!!)

daughters new garden On 23/06/2013 in forum  
07/08/2013 at 20:17

 you could deck it with pallets . these oblong pallets cost me £2 each .  

07/08/2013 at 22:12

You could try your local "freecycle" for free pallets - people often have some to give away.  (We have 3 at the moment but you're a bit far away.....)

07/08/2013 at 22:44

And once the pallets are in place there is no end you can do with pots.  Check out our very own Potty Gardeners pics on the Garden Gallery 2013 thread for some inspiration

07/08/2013 at 23:51

Love those pics addict... think that or similar would look great in between your patch snowbelle. 

08/08/2013 at 00:04

Thanks so much everyone for all your help! I've certainly lots of ideas! Just need to make them happen! 

17/08/2013 at 18:59


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