Jayne Johnson Posts: 14
I'm wondering whether anyone hs any advice about changing the shape of lawns. I feel that our lawn looks a boring, shapeless, green space. It needs a defined shape. Has anyone created circular lawns? I was thinking about creating three circles with gravel arond the circles. What would your advice be?
Personally I think your garden looks OK as it is ; if you create circular lawns be careful that gravel doesn't get carried onto the grass .
I speak from experience after cracking several windows over the years whilst using ride-on mowers
Why not just re-shape the edges into something more interesting , and maybe even cut out a small island bed to create a focal point in the lawn ?
How large is your garden space? Circular shapes are fine, but three circles in the space from the photos may look too busy and fussy. A gentle curve on one side will also add interest and allow you more space for other plants.
I think it wants pulling together not more little bits added.
you could bring the lawn to the bricks, rather than having the narrow strip of gravel, and expand the bed on the other side. Group the containers rather than spreading them around
In the sticks near Peterborough
Post a photo from upstairs so we can a better idea of the current shape. That will help a lot. I love grass cut into circles but remember the edges must be crisp to define the circle. Edge the grass with pavers set to the same height as the grass. I think one circle, at the most 2, would be enough.
If the lawn in the photo is all you have I would leave well alone.You have a very nice garden as it is!
ON A DRY DAY, DRAW THE SHAPE YOU FANCY ON THE GRASS WITH A SPRAY MARKER OR WITH POWDERED CHALK.
THEN TRY WALKING THE LAWNMOWER AROUND YOUR SHAPE.
IF IT DRIVES YOU MAD AFTER A FEW MINUTES YOU CAN BE SURE THAT IT WILL DRIVE YOU MAD EVEN MORE AFTER A FEW MONTHS.
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
I agree with Nut about bringing it together rather than adding fussy lines and edges. Pansy's suggestion is good too. In my experience, unless you have a hard physical barrier between circular lawns and the beds or paths next to them the edges wear and disintegrate very quickly and you van never get the mower to the edge to get a neat cut. Trying to maintain neat edges on 3 joining or overlapping circles will be a nightmare.
Use a hosepipe to mark out a wide sweeping curve as Nut suggests or a bottle filled with dry sand you can pour to mark a shape and then go and look at it from upstairs, downstairs, front, back and sides and then adjust it until you're happy with it. Then you can widen a bed at the end or one side to make a bigger impact with more plants.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
Thank you all for your valuable advice and suggestions.
This might be a better photo of my lawn.
Trysking it a bit smaller. Around 1200 pixels should work.