Spare garden

Hi,

I need advice please!!!

We have spare land at the front of our house that has really been left to grow like mad.  We have weeping willows that are taking over, nettles, brambles and masses of overgrown grass that has lots of stones in.

My plan is to just stone it but still have ornamental ideas within it.  We've tried grass but with three gardens to look after and 3 busy children, it proves quite time consuming, the area is approx 20ft x 50ft.

The problem is that it has a gradual slope on it from a concreted car area.  

I have no idea where to start.  Any ideas anyone???

Thanks

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  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,617

    first is how much money do you want to spend on it? because gravel can be extremely expensive once you start trying to cover an area that big.

    if it was me I'd be temped to terrace it and have large shrub and herbaceous perennial beds, with gravel paths between, that way you don't have to do much to over the year (the herbaceous perennial bed would need chopping back in winter that's about it)

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 18,299

    Can I just clarify? You say 

    "We have spare land at the front of our house that has really been left to grow like mad."

    Do you own this land?

    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 22,110

    I agree with Hosta. Who owns it? If you don't, you can't do anything to it without finding out who the owner is and asking them.

    If it's your land, then shrubs, including some evergreens, are the best way to go. Beds with paths, as treehugger suggests, would be easy to build and maintain. Loads of bulbs for a spring display, and some nice summer perennials.  I wouldn't go to the expense of terracing unless you have enough money to do it well, and the slope is steep. 

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • Hostafan1 says:

    Can I just clarify? You say 

    "We have spare land at the front of our house that has really been left to grow like mad."

    Do you own this land?

    See original post

     Yeah it's our land. It's just seperate because years ago a road was put in and split us up so it's ours but across the road. 

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