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Create a feature using top soil

Hello, I am new to this site and am a keen gardener. We are planning to have a 6x4m patio dug into our sloping garden in the spring. I've been looking for ideas for how we could make a feature using the top soil that will be dug out when making the patio as our garden is predominantly laid to lawn (actually more of a field - grass and weeds) and it would be good to add some interest to break it up. Any suggestions would be gratefully received. Maria


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384

    Hi Maria and welcome!  How about raised flower and/or vegetable beds?


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  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    If your ground is sloping will they not be using the soil to build up the low side to level it?

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Or, since you have the digger in, dig out a circle, bank up the earth gently, including the soil from the patio and have a really protected sunken garden. See pics from The Old Vicarage at East Ruston to get a feel for this kind of thing. You could grow quite tender plants because they would be protected from the worst of the weather.image

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    When we did ours we had to dig 5ft down on the high end, but being fortunate enough to back onto fields, we made a bank with it.

    only the top 6inches or so is top soil then there was grass in, so on a project that big we just didn't think it was worth the bother to try to save it. Here are a couple of photos.






    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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