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What to do with this Garden?!

Hi all

My first post!

I'm struggling for ideas to restructure and layout my garden which is currently very neglected. I'm looking for some ideas on the below if possible!

The area shown in pictures is approx 21m wide by 32m long

  • Gain privacy from the industrial unit on the right hand side
  • Seating area towards the rear of garden
  • renovate lawn, currently its very thick thatch, uneven and full of thistle and weeds
  • Would love to keep the feeling of spaciousness
  • Any ideas and layouts welcome!

thanks in advance


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,070
    Is that the industrial unit with windows looking directly into your garden? (at least they have blinds!) If so do you know where the boundary is? At the wall, or a little way away (looking at how the fence turns in to meet the building, possibly the actual boundary line carries straight on).
    There's not much point in doing more to the grass than just cutting and spot-weeding until you've got the landscaping work done (paving, paths, mending the bottom fence etc)  - it will get trampled, materials piled on it, etc.

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • It is yes, luckily the ground height is alot lower so you can't see into our garden without being on steps. It's more the horrible PVC windows (would be much nicer if it has a barn feel to it!) The boundary line is approx 1M out and would carry on from the existing fence as you say. 

    The building would need a 2.5M fence to cover it up which would require planning, was thinking the leylandii route and planting them 1m from the building?
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,070
    Leylandii are OK if you can keep on top of them, but if left they will quickly get huge and you can't cut them back hard because they (like most conifers except I think Yew and Thuja) don't regrow from the brown wood. And they suck all the goodness and moisture out of the soil so you can't plant anything else near them. There are better hedging plants, not so quick-growing but easier to keep under control - Yew or Thuja if you want conifers, or maybe laurel. Bear in mind you'd need to cut both sides so that it doesn't grow up against the building (unless the building owners would do "their" side).
    If it were mine I'd probably go with mixed shrubs and maybe a small tree or two for a more informal effect, in keeping with the rural view at the bottom. Exactly what would depend on soil type, local climate and how much sun or shade the area gets. I'm sure other people will be along with other suggestions.

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,070
    Something like this....
    It'd take a few years to reach maturity, but so would a hedge.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,551
    I would continue the fence along the boundary, and plant your hedge, shrubs or whatever on your side of it. Rather than a hedge I would also go for trees and shrubs (creating similar masses to the vegetation on the left hand side) framing your open view at the end of the garden.
  • FireFire Posts: 18,054
    Welcome to the forum, kieron
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