Posted: 19/03/2017 at 09:18
Another one voting to keep the ivy here! You can always prune off any really straggly bits which are waving around but you essentially have a very low maintenance, wildlife friendly hedge there. I'd definitely keep it.
I quite like Hosta's plans to make the LH piece of grass into a bed. A nice deep area there where you could grow a range of plants around a child friendly water feature and there would also be room for a few veg plants as well if that takes your fancy.
I agree that the concrete as is looks quite ugly and can see a big crack in the piece nearest the house. You could consider putting wooden shuttering around a new bed and the small lawn and then just putting a load of shingle over the concrete. It would look better, is reasonably cheap and you can just scrape the shingle back to access the manhole cover. But you do need some sort of edging to keep the shingle out of the grass and out of the soil.
I cannot agree with planting a silver birch so close to your neighbour's house. They become very large trees and (as one who lives next to one) they shed loads of debris (seeds, leaves etc etc) through any open windows. I have to clean my bathroom floor every time the window is opened and there is the slightest breeze - loads of stuff comes off my neighbour's silver birch.
Last edited: 19 March 2017 09:19:48