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Give me your ideas what you’d do with this bit of wasted ground.

Hi all. 

I’m after picking your brains for ideas on what I can do with this patch of land at the bottom of our garden. As you can see from the 4 images there is a set of steps in the garden. Looking from the bottom of the steps I want to keep the lawned section on the right. However to the left of the steps (looking from the bottom of the garden) there is a section that is 12‘ x 14‘. However the problem with this section is that there is a huge tree stump in the middle of it and a lot of the old roots are actually above the ground although the picture does not show this very well. I have done a bit of reading and a lot of people suggest that the soil is dead in that area (because the tree previously sucked all the nutrients out of the soil) although since the tree was cut down last year that area certainly knows how to grow and attract weeds, nettles and thistles. So, I’m planning on hiring a landscaper to do some work in that section but the one I spoke to online said I really need to have some idea of what I want before they can start. That’s where you guys come in…Whatever I do choose I want it to be VERY low or no maintenance. So, I will be looking for a landscape gardener but I need to have in mind what I want. So, what do you reckon guys. What would you do with that small section?
thanks in advance. 


  • franksebemfranksebem Posts: 40
    Thought I’d uploaded 4 images. 
  • franksebemfranksebem Posts: 40

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,695
    I’d get someone to build three extremely sturdy raised bed type structures. Then line them with some sort of pond liner (wrinkly where the stump is, I know). Then I’d turn them into bog gardens. Three bog gardens.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • franksebemfranksebem Posts: 40
    Wow! Great idea. I like that suggestion but not sure what a Big Garden is. 
  • I'd plant it up with a few robust shrubs to offer dense growth and prevent the weeds colonising the spot. Cotoneaster franchetii, buddleia, pittosporum tenuifolium silver queen and maybe an amelanchier and/or white thorn tree to offer a bit of seasonal variation.

    Happy gardening
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,732
    " very low or no maintenance "  Concrete?
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,695
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • franksebemfranksebem Posts: 40
    Definitely DON’T want concrete. Would like something wild and colourful that I will rarely have to mess with. 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,965
    No such thing I'm afraid!

    I'd actually just have the stump ground out and the area re-grassed. Easy to keep under control if you're keeping the other side lawned I would have thought.

    However, if children/grandchildren are involved, the slope would be ideal to have a slide constructed.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 3,060
    Have you considered getting the tree stump ground down and removed?  I'd be more inclined to plant something tall in that area like an evergreen shrub or small tree to hide the dead conifer/s in the hedge - you could may be get them removed and replaced too?  To keep weeds at bay, use weed suppressing membrane on the rest of the slope, covered with decorative bark.  A few pots with seasonal plants placed on your steps will give you some colour - the pots will need watering regularly though!
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.

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