Landscape/Garden Projects Thread!

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  1. lewis

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    Figured this could be an amazing place to share landscaping projects big or small we all participate in. Here is my first one:

    I moved into my first proper family home January this year and since then Ive been spending all spare money and time on doing the house up and making it into a home. It was literally a shell when we moved in. Other than mine and my partners bedroom now, the house is effectively finished inside save for some extra finishing touches. Every wall in every room was badly painted dark grey (some rooms had red crayon all over the walls too - Who the hell likes dark grey that much :( ? ) and there was no flooring down in any room and some doors were missing. The Central heating wasnt working and there was some damp issues not only in the walls mainly upstairs (due to lack of damproofing) but also the kitchen cupboards were all ruined due to water damage. So there was ALOT to do inside. The neighbors were telling me about the previous family, and deary me...how can people live in such a way?.
    Anyway being done now inside it means I can get outside.........so

    That has brought me to the garden. The previous tenants (I presume it was them) had just laid patio slabs straight down onto mud (handy as Ive acquired plenty of paving slabs for free but a poor way to do the job, weeds and uneven slabs were rife), they had thrown about 30,000 cigarette ends into the gravel under the windows (which is appalling) and the entire garden was filled with random stuff all hidden in the lawn, in the mud and about anywhere. Broken toy parts, USB cable, a shoe. Ive lost track of the stuff Ive found and dug up. They had also created a concrete shed base (and done a shoddy job of it).

    So here is basically what I started with once I had started to take up the patio slabs and neaten as I went (there were slabs between the grass and the concrete base originally \/ ) -

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    as you can see I have a nice enclosed rectangle space to work with. The fence panels are lovely and tall so no one can see into the garden and sun light is very very good in the space so thats a bonus.
    The "lawn" is utterly dreadful. It looks ok in this pic because its long, but the ground is ridiculously uneven. Trying to mow it is so tough despite it being such a small strip. So the plan for this is to dig it all up, and replace it with artificial lawn so I would not have to worry about cutting the grass again. That way I can get it lovely and even too. But Im doing 1/3rd of the garden at a time.

    You can see the Shed base on the top right there. It had to go for what I have planned, so out came the sledge hammer and a long day of hulk smash. Led to this -

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    So the entire area was cleared. Earlier today I re dug the whole thing up and raked as level as I could see by eye at this stage and down went some weed membrane -

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    The right half is proper stapled into the ground to hold it down, the left side has yet to be done because I ran out of staples.
    Put in a large order earlier for much more stuff. Arriving Thursday the 10th I have a jumbo bag of sharp sound suitable for 11mx11m sized area with 5cm thickness. Plenty of concrete powder, more staples, and some extra tools. This area is 3.45M x 7.25m.

    The plan is, this entire area will be patio'd properly using mortar over a compacted sand base.
    At the very top near the fence opposite this back door, will be a Hot tub with large gazebo over the top. On the right before it will be some sun loungers and I need to order some tree bark chippings for a small area not shown immediately on the right as you step out into the garden.
    Will post more updates as they happen from next Thursday!.
     
  2. lewis

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    update:

    My Ballast and sharp sand arrived yesterday morning and Ive cracked on since;
    Got the Ballast down and compacted it to act as a nice bedding for mortar/paving slabs

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    1 tonne of Ballast (bedding) and 1 tonne of sharp sand (cement)

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    Dry run laying the slabs to work out layout etc

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    Next up is wait for a nice few days and start cementing them down. Whoever done my garden fence did not make it square so the slabs do not meet up nicely with the fence at the end. So Im going to have an angled gap that I need to do something with. I might just put gravel down there and hope the Hottub (when its in) hides whats back there haha.
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    Maybe it's just me but those pavers ( slabs?) look huge. That's a good deal of work by hand. Can't wait to see it.

    I bought a new area-rug for our living-room and went crazy trying to get it perfectly centered.. Came to discover that our house is out of whack with no perfectly squared walls lol. Bugged me at first but I got over it lol.
     
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    just me doing the work too haha so I will take that as a compliment.

    but yes they are massive.
    the line of small square ones going the length of the area along the left are the normal 450 x 450mm slabs I believe and do not weight much, but the large ones making up the rest of the area are 600 x 600mm with a depth of about 50mm with the light grey slabs of that size being pure concrete weighing 110lbs!!!!... (50kg) they are damn heavy haha I dont even have a wheel barrow or any kind of wheels to help move things around in the garden. Just good old, pick them up and carry them to where I need them lol

    Yeah it would bug me too. Im abit OCD with angles not tallying up. Im going to do some gravel or something at the top where the slabs will finish to try and hide the garden fence not being square with the patio/house haha.
     
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    Man That's crazy. Just from working with 24" ( approx 609mm) pavers I know how back-breaking that work is. Watch those fingers lol!

    Really neat little area to make your own. I look forward to seeing things as they progress. Cheers!
     
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    We are both in the UK. I will have to get him round mine and to do it for me then haha
     
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    We should tag him here. I think that's possible now, no? Let's see.... @pondman
     
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    Going to start cementing today.
     
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    got 15 slabs cemented down today then ran out of cement powder (50 kg) so yeah I badly underestimated how many bags I would need but understandable as Ive never done garden work before etc. Especially large jobs like this.

    going to pop into the city tomorrow and grab 7 more bags. Ive nearly used half a tonne of sharp sand too just laying these. Will likely need another tonne getting delivered at some point soon too. Ive allowed slight slope to help with water drainage too.

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    got this far before I ran out of sand/
    Ordered more and its arriving Thursday!

    Im JUST under half way haha. 30 odd slabs left to lay. I think probably close to 40 actually

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    Still need to do something around the edges. Longer and thinner pavers maybe. These ones have had 2 days of complete drying and are totally solid to walk on. Do not move whatsoever!. Pleased with the job so far!. Going to look amazing. Especially when they are all down and the pointing between the slabs gets done.
     
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    Got another 5 down Friday and going to be doing some more shortly.
    This is what its at. Going out slightly in places due to some having a bevel (I was using what I have to save money) so I will need to adjust others as I go slightly to align them back up again. Pointing cement between them will make it way less obvious anyway. Starting to really come together though -

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    Got another 6 laid today then had to stop. Its 6pm here and still 27degrees. Been a hot one (for the normal UK temps). Will carry on tomorrow.

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    And the Table and chairs I got for free!. Someone wanted rid of them. Need some new screws and a sand down and re-treatment but brilliant for a freebie.

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    Starting to really take shape now! Fantastic that you were able to give the patio set a new lease on life... can't beat that price lol. I also like that there appears to be plenty of room to walk around/ behind the chairs... certainly not cramped. So 80 degrees? We'd kill to have summertime temps that low here in the south/ southwestern United States lol. Working outdoors in the hotter months can be miserable and even dangerous here. Project looks great so far!
     
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    thanks bud!!

    The table set will be down the bottom once the Patio is finished. And Im trying to find same length but half the width pavers (300mmx600mm) to do along the edges between the fence panels and the patio at the top and on the right. So there will be even more space around the table and chairs in that case.

    Yeah we just are not used to weather that hot regularly in this country. I dont know how you guys do it honestly!. It must be really tough. I went on holiday to Tenerife few years back and we had one day that was about 102F whilst I was out there. It was absolutely unreal and a complete eye opener. Ive never experienced such temps before. This British weather makes you soft haha.

    I just cannot wait to get this bloody patio done so I can move on to the grass section next haha. (Artificial lawn will be happening)
     
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    I've got something to contribute here.
    When we bought our home it had a non functional pond that was built out of tons of really cool stone. As I was tearing it down I found out that some of the slabs of stone were huge. I just piled it up and figured that I would build something out of it someday.

    This summer I decided to build a patio / firepit. I started this in May I think, then the first weekend of June I broke my elbow so I was pretty much out of commission for 8 weeks.

    I dug a 14' diameter circle out and dug it down to about 8-10". The soil is really rocky here so digging it out by hand was a lot of work. I had 2 tons of gravel delivered last weekend and have been filling up the hole I dug out with it to a depth of 5".

    The stones I have to work with are of various heights. Between 5" and 2". So my plan is to level and tamp the gravel, cover with landscaping fabric then lay the 5" stones. Then fill in another inch of gravel, tamp and level and lay the 4" stones. Etc etc until I get to the 2" stones

    It's been a lot of work but I'm getting close to start laying the stones. I'm already out of gravel so I need to get probably another ton.

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    You can tell thats going to look awesome :) ive always loved fire pits and such. Nice work.
     
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    that is looking great...
     
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    Thanks! I intended on having this done months ago so I'm really anxious to just get it done. The wife and I are painting our kitchen cabinets this weekend so my project will be on hold until that is done. Hopefully I will have it done just in time for some nice fall evenings around the fire!
     
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