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13 Feb 2018 16:13
Thanks MrsGlaze - lots of great ideas! The former owner was a gardening enthusiast with no children. I think at one point it would’ve been a lovely garden but he became infirm and didn’t keep up with the maintenance. There is another half to the garden with a patio area and rockery (shown in photo below). That’s next years project! I love the slide idea, maybe that could go down the rockery which is at a 45 degree angle from our back door! Thanks again for your ideas.
13 Feb 2018 14:32
Sorry SueAtoo and Hogweed! I got mixed up with my messages there! The amateur diagram was for you Sue!
13 Feb 2018 14:13
Hi UpNorth - thanks for your message. I am fairly adamant I want grass. It used to have dying shrubbery and an old rusty trellis in the ’muddy’ area. We had to remove it all as it was pretty unsightly. It’s not a pleasant garden to use, sit or play in as it is. The best I could last year was to try to keep the weeds down. Due to all the exposed earth, it’s now being used as a frequent toilet for all the local cats! Your idea of a sloped lawn may be simpler and would maximise the lawn space - thank you for the advice as to where to start with that. I may give that a go if two flat areas is not going to work. Thanks again.
13 Feb 2018 14:07
Hi Hogweed - thanks for your message. I will apologise for the amateur diagram in advance! And yes, that would’ve been more sensible to have taken a photo from above in the first place. I’m not sure of exact heights and shadows but I do know there is sun over the area up to the ‘flat area’ most of the day from mid spring to mid autumn. The beech hedge is about the get cut so will expose more light. I’m going to start another thread on the hedge itself! As reflected in the diagram, I will be relocating some of slabs to the area to the right of the paved area as there is very little sun in this part of the garden anyway. Thanks again.
12 Feb 2018 14:22
Thank you for your responses - much appreciated.
11 Feb 2018 17:12
We moved three years ago and inherited an overgrown garden with no lawn. I would like to create a flat area of lawn for my two young children to play on this summer. I can’t afford to get an expert in and don‘t want the kids to have to play on mud and weeds for yet another year so would like to tackle it myself but have no clue where to start! The trouble is the garden is on a slope not only towards the end of the garden but also to the side towards the main path too. There is also a large rhododendron near the hedge at the end of the garden and a rather lovely purple flowering bush next to the path. And as for that beech hedge - don’t get me started!
It looks to me like we would need to create some kind of split level with two small areas of grass and the garden is north west facing so the levels would need to be higher rather than lower to catch optimum sunlight (there is enough to sustain a healthy lawn).
I would be so appreciative if it I could some advice as I have absolutely no idea where to start or what to do - complete beginner gardener. Many thanks I n advance of any help.
I haven’t got measurements for the garden right now but it’s more spacious than it appears in the photos.