Tag: landscaping

Front garden

Just a note to the effect that I’ve gathered the pics of the front garden into their own permanent album. There will be more to add as I add cut sandstone to the build in order to cover the block walls, but I suspect this may not happen for a while as my priority is not shifted back to finishing Ju’s studio.

The album can be found here: Front garden.

Front garden – slate chippings done!

On Tuesday, 4 large backs of slate chippings arrived and we laid the landscaping fabric and started putting the chippings on it. There are now 3.4 tons of slate in the garden. Thanks to Ciara for coming over and helping, she was distributing the slate as I was barrowing it down.

Took a day out today as I wasn’t feeling that great, but this weekend I’m going to start working on splitting the sandstone rocks (the ones in a big pile by the bike in the below pics) and using them to face the block walls with a natural stone covering to complete the project.

Front garden continues: getting there …

Today marks a week of working on the garden, albeit only in short bursts during the week due to having a full time job in addition! Anyway, today I built the last retaining wall, did some serious grading on the top area and added some blocks down the side to prevent spillage when we finish the grading and get the crushed slate in on Tuesday.

Front garden progress update

Saturday, finally a day where I could get more than an hour of daylight while working on the landscaping! After a lovely family fire in the gazebo last night, I had a bit of a lie-in today then got to it out front.

Took a few photos of the garden at the start of the day, then dug out some additional foundation trenches for mini-retaining walls that will go down the side of the garden, to prevent spillage due to differences in height between our newly terraced garden and the neighbour’s.

Mixed up a couple of loads of ballast-based concrete (it’s sharp sand with little stones in it) for the foundations then filled the aforementioned trenches. Then I mixed a smooth-sand mortar and filled the gaps between the blocks on the walls that I’ve built so far, and also extended the smaller, second wall right to the far side of the garden.

Finally, Willow and I started to grade the top area  so that it’s flatter in preparation for landscape fabric and slate cover on Tuesday. There is more work to do there, but it’s a good start and things are now beginning to look tidier.

Another day, another trench.

Spent a productive few hours in the front before it got dark today. Having nearly completed 2 walls, there is a third to do nearest the house but before I can do that I needed to remove the sandstone rock that was part of the original garden installation and dig the foundation trench where the rock was.

Willow helped by starting to empty a big bag of soil thats been on the drive for over a year now. She made a good start on it, and I was able to finish it after she’d gone to bed, so the drive is significantly clearer than it has been for ages. All good progress!

There was a lot of rock, but the the trench is now done. Spent all evening doing that, and also moving the rocks to storage for later. Tomorrow, I’ll pour the foundation and grade the top area of the garden such that it’s ready for landscaping fabric, though I won’t install that until Tuesday as the crushed slate is arriving then.

Pics will follow tomorrow.

Front garden continuance

As today was a nice day, and as working in the dark (although not so bad with the new floodlights) is fraught with challenges, I took the afternoon off at short notice with a view to getting the retaining walls underway.

After a very productive afternoon, the main wall is now complete, barring a little pointing (though it won’t be visible as it’s going to be coated in stone, I want to minimise the risk of water getting in, freezing and cracking things) and most of the secondary wall is done also.

I like the last picture, the smaller boot is Willow’s 🙂

Front garden, logs and studio

Woah, much has been happening.

So, first of all, as per usual we have been very busy actually doing stuff as opposed to writing about it!

Ju’s studio is coming along well. It’s been weatherproof for some time now, and I’m working on insulating the roof. I also have a couple of minor tweaks to make to prevent a little moisture seeping in on the brick columns surrounding the glass blocks that form the top of the wall which separates the inside of the building from the ground below the lawn.

In addition, we took delivery of two huge bags of ash logs today for burning throughout the Winter in the firepit within the gazebo. Willow was very helpful in relocating them from the front garden to the back.

In other front garden news, it’s been a jungle for the last… well, ages. So yesterday Ju took various tools to it and got it into a much better shape. We had a big burn-up/bonfire in the firepit to get rid of the extracted greenery.  Then we both took the bull by the horns and decided we were going to enact my landscaping plan for it which will mean it looks great and requires almost zero maintenance for the foreseeable future.

To that end, I’ve removed all the rocks in the garden and dug a trench ready for foundation concrete which will support one of two retaining walls that will neatly divide the garden into three flat sections, a broad top, slightly narrower middle and then a lower terrance. The wall will be built of concrete blocks (the same size as breeze-blocks but make of solid concrete). On each terrance will be a layer of landscaping fabric (permeable to water but does not let weeds grow). Overall about 4-5 tons of crushed purple slate will cover that plastic, and only our lilac tree, ‘red plant’ (I can’t remember what it’s called), a holly bush and our Hydrangea will remain, apart from the shrubs and bushes on the boundary between the garden and the road.

The front of the retaining walls (facing our house) will be covered in sandstone that I extracted from the previous arrangement, and  the top of the walls will also be covered, so that no brick/concrete/blocks etc. will be visible.

Hey presto. Super neat garden, no maintenance