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Preparing for new lawn in Spring

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 12:45

Good luck with it John. I'm sure it'll be great - you're certainly going about it the right way and being thorough. That always pays off  

To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 12:41

A boardwalk for boggy areas definitely needs a bit of mesh/chicken wire to keep it safe. One of the walks to a few very popular Munroes in the Highlands has a long boardwalk across the area from the car park visitor centre to the main paths. It allows people who are not doing the hills to see and walk round the large area on the approach which is full of loads of different vegetation and wildlife. All covered in chicken wire for safety 

To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 12:17

The trouble with being 'holed up' for any length of time is that our ideas run away with the purse strings ...

It's always tempting to rush into it because we want change to happen instantly, but it definitely pays off to take a bit of time to think ideas through. Good luck with it all when you get started and keep a photographic record of the progress. It really helps when you have those days when you feel a bit dejected with it. I've been taking lots of pix so that I can do a 'before and after' next spring once the new  lawn gets underway. 

To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 12:05

Perhaps take some time over winter to think about some ideas Gemma. Draw up a little plan of the right hand area since that's the bit that you really want to organise and change. As obelixx says, a larger gravel is better - it also stops cats seeing it as a litter tray  I've just got a couple of tons of a golden one delivered which is brighter and works in with my planting as I have a lot of golds and greens,  but there are loads of choices depending on your preferences.  

I've used trellis on another fence where I built raised beds and it provides support for clematis but also looks attractive in its' own right when they die down. The raised beds have a mix of planting including evergreens. An informal curved area of planting might suit your plot better - crescents of planting to hide the shed a bit and encourage you to walk through the area - and also give some privacy for seated areas. 

To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:36

It all comes down to pocket and time Gemma. You could paint the fence a toning or contrasting colour depending on your likes and dislikes and put a few climbers in or quick growing shrubs against it which will solve most of the problem quite quickly. Some people use the willow/reed screening as an alternative if you like that. I built a new fence last summer here, painted it dark green, and planted some buddleias and other things along part of it. You can hardly see the fence in those areas now. 

Once again. SORRY.

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:24


That's all I'm saying  


Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:18

Edd - at this rate,  you'll be looking for a new home for Christmas  

I taught my ex husband to drive. He backed my b***** car into another one. 'Didn't see it'  apparently. We'd just walked past it to get into mine....

To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:16

Ah - then perhaps the gravelled idea with planting on the right hand side (plastic covered area) would be a better solution. Have you considered removing the concrete along the back of the house and replacing it or is that a bridge too far?  You could lay a nicer form of paving on top - something which co -ordinates with your existing path perhaps. If not, some nice planting in large pots repeated at a few points will help break it up. A mix of evergreens and other annuals, bulbs or perennials will give you a nice tapestry of year round colour. 

I've never had problems with pots on decks either - lifting them up is the solution 


Posted: 28/11/2014 at 10:42

Deer fencing I'd imagine DD - it's not 'cheap' though. Deer - 'dear' ....never mind...

To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 10:38

Gemma - I've had decking in several gardens without any issues apart from the last house where I inherited some which had been put down in the wrong aspect and that's the key. It has to be in  a sunny site or it gets slippy. If you're just wanting to cover the concrete along the back of the house and it's southish facing then I'd say it would be fine. There wouldn't be much of a gap between the concrete and the deck so I doubt it would cause and issue. As to the rest of the area -if you want a lawn then the best solution is to improve the conditions for it by mixing grit, compost and some rotted manure to get the drainage right - if you make an edge round it to raise it, that will help. I'm doing that right now on my compacted clay soil here. For the right hand area, remove the existing path and make an area of gravel with planting directly into it. That way, it's not a static path but means you have a dry route back and forth to the shed, if that makes sense. Your herb pots can sit on that rather than the deck too 

The seating can go on the gravel and you can move it around to suit as well

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