For our clients in Shirley we were tasked with a full garden landscaping, completely redeveloping their outside space into something more usable that they can love.
The key components to the project were:
- New fences – replacing posts where necessary and painting.
- Large established beds for planting on both sides of the garden.
- A seating area at the bottom of the garden to catch the afternoon sun.
- A new shed with both indoor and outdoor electrical points.
- Lighting around the seating area.
- Turfing a new, even lawn and laying a stepping stone pathway.
For any full garden landscaping project there is a considerable amount of planning that is required to go into each stage, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Project management is a service we provide to our clients either with our own landscaping team as in this example, or separate. Marie at our sibling company Plews Garden Design, was the designer for the project.
Clearance and preparation
The initial stages of the project were very much a job for a mini JCB (much to Chris’ delight). There were remains of shed bases to remove, broken paths to lift, and trenches to dig in preparation for laying the garden electrics. A large ash tree established on the rear fence line was causing a large amount of destruction to the fences, it was agreed that this was to be removed. We erected a new feather edge fence along the rear of the property, and certain panels on the right hand fence were replaced. All the fences were then treated with a darker preserver as requested, to tie them all in.
Developing the beds and dealing with poor soil quality
We required a combination of the mini JCB and a deep bladed rotavator to develop the beds. The soil quality in the garden was a very poor, thick heavy clay, so a considerable amount of soil improver and compost was dug in. At lower depths, sand was added to the clay to aid with drainage. The garden would become waterlogged in areas during wetter spells. To mitigate this we therefore introduced sand to help lessen water retention. Everedge was used to define the boundary between bed and lawn.
Constructing the seating area, shed and electrics
As the bottom of the garden had poor drainage, we opted for a seating area that was permeable. We laid plumb slate chippings and installed a curved brick edge to separate the seating area from the lawn. A fully qualified electrical engineer was contacted to lay the cabling and connect the power to the shed and the garden lighting. Once the shed was erected, we installed trellis onto 4×4 posts and sectioned off the area behind it for compost bins and a water butt.
Planting and turfing
Marie at PGD designed and planted the beds. Our client set aside a healthy budget for plants, and as a result the beds were full with colour and scent. When we began turfing, our focus was on creating the best soil conditions to lay on. To achieve this we used tiller, which is a type of rotavator used to separate the lumps and stones out of the soil. After we had a levelled, fine soil we could start laying the large lawn. Lawns required lots of water to begin with, so as with all our clients, we left all the instructions needed for a healthy, happy lawn once we’d finished on site. Finally, we dug in stepping stones as a pathway down to the seating area.
We relish the challenge of full garden landscaping, and strive to create gardens to the highest of standards.