HELP! How to level my garden out on my own?
Hello everyone, nice to see there's a big gardening community I can finally reach out to!
I moved into this property about 5 years ago and have always been too busy to tackle the garden.
Facts that may come in useful:
I'm a one lady army.
I have 3 rescue dogs.
I have 5 pet ferrets.
The garden is in the sun from 10am to 8pm throughout the summer.
Equipment I have available
Basic garden tools.
Recently I have scaled back my working life to relax a little bit more and it's only now I can see just how bad my garden has become.
The biggest problem for me has always been the two drains that is above and below the orange/red plant tray just slightly over on the right halfway up the garden on two different level.
All my other neighbours were lucky enough to have a nice even gradual slope minus the two drains as I'm slap bang in the middle of my street.
I have no one able to assist me so any advice would need to be suitable for one person to carry this out on my own. I really plan on focusing on this garden throughout this summer and get it done once and for all. This is something I will be working on a weekly basis so I can go out every friday to collect, buy items needed and work on it every sunday and most M-F evening (if weather permits )
Last year I asked 4/5 landscapers to come round to give me a quote to level out / create a nice slope and put fresh turf down and they were all in the region of £3-5 thousands pounds.
That's a fat no from me.
I'd like to do this cheaply as I can and I'm in it for the experience.
I have a few ideas and that was to dig the ground level further back toward the rear fence as close to the bottom drain and install wooden sleepers and build steps like the V formation so me and my dogs can walk up and down either side and it would give the garden an unique point of focus and create two even level. Doing this would give me the chance to lay down fresh grass turf on nice level ground and something that could easily be maintained by me and suitable for my animals.
As you can see on the rear left of the garden, I did dig out a portion of the garden to see how big the gap would be from the bottom of the rear fence to my garden level which is around 3 feet deep however it does taper off toward the right rear of the garden.
A new rear fence will be build once I have levelled off the rear garden to bring the height down in place for the new fence for privacy and security.
The soil in the garden is very hard and it is filled with rubble, huge chunks of bricks and stone from when my house got built.
Would a rotavator hire be suitable to get the ground broken up and bring as much rubble to the surface and enable me to start digging into the garden?
Please give me as much advice as you possibly can!
Thank you all so much and very much looking forward to seeing all of your threads and admiring your lovely gardens!