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I dont know what im doing and need help!!

basically I have never done gardening before and have no experience I’ve been digging up what I can only describe as a really big bin full of rubble but I’m pretty much making it up as I go along and I’m wondering if I can do anything with the grass that I’ve been digging up or any other tips and ideas? Thanks!


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,415
    Try taking the photo with the window open😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,906
    edited February 2019
    @daniel.awesome.dw   You can stack the grass green side down somewhere out of the way. It will eventually rot down into soil that you can then put onto your flowerbeds. What are your plans for the garden - lawn, flowerbeds and/or paving? If you let us know the sort of thing you want, you'll get plenty of advice on here  :)
  • I’m looking to make a better play area for the kids so maybe relay some lawn or something and a few paving stones and flowers at the side. Honestly I’m not too sure any suggestions would be very appreciated 
  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 883
    Looks like the garden is quite shaded along the fence line and the grass is suffering. If you plan to lay lawn then you need grass that can cope in shade. Get a clear idea of what you want from the garden. Sounds like you need a basic plan which you can develop later. So maybe an area near house you can sit (think paving, decking, gravel etc) and an area in the middle for kids (lawn, bark chip etc), storage at bottom. You need access for washing line- so path at side where grass is shaded? When you have this roughly on paper, mark it out with canes/string and play with dimensions, then dig out what you don’t want, level the ground by walking/raking over the area and then you have your blank canvas. In terms of plants, it’s a small space with kids, so don’t go choosing fragile pretty things that will fall over the minute a football comes out, perhaps go for interesting shrubs and evergreens and fill gaps with annual plants and bulbs. It’s really that simple to start with. Get your basic plan and areas in first and the rest can come later. Hope that helps!
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,906
    edited February 2019
    As soon as you've got the site cleared you'll have a better idea of the space you've got to play with. As Flinster says, if you plan it all out it will make life much easier than doing a little bit at a time. Make a list of what you want, seating area, washing line,lawn, barbecue etc. Don't assume that the patio has to be next to the house, think about when you will be using it most, evenings or weekends and work out where the sunniest spot will be at that time. Again with the washing line, think about access to it, a path or paving stones to it - nothing worse than going across a muddy lawn when the heavens open and you're trying to get the washing in! The most important thing is to get the planning right at the start, things like plants can happen later  :)
    I'm sure that,being awesome, you will do a good job !
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