Declan52

Finally got round to doing the back garden.

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First job was to dig out 10t of soil. Hired a digger started to remove the soil and was able to use it to fill the bad bits in my mum's garden next door. 

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 Waited all day for the stone delivery and it never came. Digger was collected the next day at 9am and stone arrived at 9:50am. 8t of crush and run wheeled in by afternoon. 

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Next delivery was 6t of quarry dust and all the rest of the materials that I needed. Dust laid down to extend the patio out to form a large rectangle of approx 8m*8m.

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Paving bricks all in so next step was the base of the artificial grass. There is roughly 80mm of hardcore wacked in and then 60mm of quarry dust wacked and screeded to suit for the grass to sit on.

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Black weed membrane gets put under the hardcore and then on top of the dust. Never realised how heavy the roll of grass was. Took me the wife and the young fella to get it moved to where it could be rolled out. As a keen golfer I wanted a putting green so the garden has a mixture of putting green grass and 40mm grass. All rolled out and trimmed to suit the joins where glued together using the jointing kit and then weighted down with everything I could get from planks, blocks, trestles and a wife.

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left over night to let the glue set the next step was garden planters around the edge. I looked at using  everything here from decking to iroko cladding to even blocks and plastering it up but in the end we went for decking boards. Can be easily painted and replaced if any damage is done in the next few years.

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Have the top section to put on tomorrow and then fill with flowers and herbs and then hide the shovel and Spade for another 4 years. Should have it all wrapped up for Thursday just in time for the rain.

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Fine morning's work there mate! :)

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Looks good.

 

Artificial lawn is an interesting approach to a no-grass garden. I took mine out and have ended up with something more like a traditional cottage garden. Love the hit and miss vertical fence.

 

I will be interested to see how those decking structures survive.

 

Did you line the planters? How did you handle the ones against the house wall?

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Made a tub kind of thing from of cuts of the decking for the planters. It's lined with polythene with nail holes for drainage and then another layer of the weed membrane. 

Against the stone work I put another layer of 300mm dpc

that I had in the shed so nothing can soak through.

 

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Very nice job, only 4 years till I start my garden then ?. I do like your pavers, just like I want for our patio and paths.

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That's just the kind of planters I want - unlikely to happen though.  I've got a load of old decking that was taken down before the new house was built - I will just have to see what I can  do with that.

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Got the planters all finished up and 95% of the planting done. The boss is looking some gerberas in two of the areas.

Have a mixture of flowers, coloured grass, herb section and a veg section to feed our pair of shiting machines( fat greedy rabbits). Even got a lime tree so with it and mint planted I only need an ice cube tree and that's me sorted for mojitos.IMG_20180712_194913.thumb.jpg.0d49f092712e9f313a8ad5f2794a4b86.jpgIMG_20180712_194848.thumb.jpg.405ab59cdd664e1302418557b5b70cbf.jpgIMG_20180712_194817.thumb.jpg.4c9cbe7fc4216d5c60804b4cb4abd1c0.jpg

 

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