Back on November 26th 2016 I blogged about Planning for the future – a design challenge where I discussed the issues and some of you added your thoughts.
The main issue was we wanted a design to tidy up the space behind the wall and between the yew hedges but this is an area that gets very little sun and we wanted it to be relatively maintenance free.
Then on September 29th 2017 I blogged Planning for the future – a design challenge II which described in detail what we planned to do.
Then at last work began. The main reason for the delay was the lack of availability of the contractor we wanted to do the work.Removing any old turf, weeds etc to give a level bed. Note the soil was excellent quality and we now have a large heap waiting for use else where.Then the design was very carefully marked out. Note the very large set square leaning against the hedge to assist this.The areas where there was to be bricks was then dug out and a thick weed membrane covered the whole site. Crushed quarry waste was then inserted to provide a base for the bricks. This may look complicated but it helps ensure no weeds come through in unwanted areas of the final construction.
The success of this build depended on getting all the angles correct. The little yellow box on the tripod to the right of the picture is a laser leveling tool. This was set to the slope of the lawn and thus all measurements could be taken from this laser as the bricks were laid.
A wooden template was used to get the angles correct and the course along the bricks straight. At the same time the height of the bricks were measured from the laser.Metal edging was put around the lawn to give a sharp edge and gravel inserted.
The other areas between the gaps in the yew hedging was also paved in a similar way to create a unified design. The joints were pointed with a two part filler which produces a rock hard finish to prevent future weed growth.
At this stage the contractors had finished!I had always planned to source the trees and plant them myself. First I prepared the planting holes digging out any rubbish and getting the soil levels right so that they could be covered with gravel. We decided to go with Sorbus ‘Autumn Spire‘ – narrow, upright small trees with excellent autumn colour once established. I wanted to find trees that were at least a metre high and these were supplied by Mail Order Trees. On January 18th 2018 the trees were finally planted and the gravel spread out. You can also see that having removed all the rubbish and piled up soil from this area the bottom of the wall needed some attention.And on 18th May these were beginning to achieve our vision for the area. The bottom of the wall having been cleaned up and repointed.
The extra paved bits between the yew hedges really integrates the design.This photograph shows the final finish on the paving.And by 18th June the trees had already put on a significant amount of growth. They will need regular watering and some of the lawn needs some attention to establish good sharp edges.
The contractors were Ben and Sam whose company Stonetree I would recommend to anyone needing quality work.
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It really has been too hot and dry to do much despite having been on holiday.