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Ideas for new rented property

Good morning

I have just moved in to a rented property and want to do something with the garden, at the moment it is a lumpy bumpy grassy mess.


Down the bottom left there are 2 mounds as if bodies have been buried and bottom right side slopes slighty up.

I would like to get rid of the bush in the corner and also the concrete post for the washing line, obviously the grass would need digging up and the ground levelling before anything is done.

I would just like some ideas on what can be done with this garden on the lowest possible budget, obviously dont want to spend too much as its not my house/garden but I want it looking nice.

It also has to be suitable for a 2 year old.

Thanks for your suggestions.



  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    First I think you need to explore the humps, especially as you have a 2year old. They may be grass covered mounds of rubbish and not very safe.

    Then it's like any garden. Do you want to grow veg? grow flowers? have it all as a playground or just a section?It is a lvely long garden and you could do lots.

    There looks as ifyou have a greenhouse base, maybe you could get a cheap one for thee. You could split is up. into 3rds, or as might well have happened put veg down the side where the concrtete plinth is. You may well find the soil there is good and already been cultivated.

    I would leave the bus and use it as a screen for a compost/grass cutting area behind it. You could of course tidy it up.

    Make alist of what you want to do for all the family and then plan out a design and take small areas at a timeas and when you can afford to do more.

    Any questions, feel free to post I'm always aroundimage

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,571

    If it's rented then I think the first thing to do would be to ask the landlord's permission, then there can't be any trouble later, unless you have done that already. It still belongs to him and he may not want the concrete washing line post dug up etc. If he doesn't, you may be able to grow a climber up it. If you want to dig the grass up to level the area it would then need rotovating, raking, treading, raking again then the cheapest method is to sow seed, but that takes longer than turfing. You could put down bark chips instead of grass on some of it to have as a base for a child's play area. Put down a weed supressant permeable membrane first and cover thickly with bark chippings then outdoor toys can go on it. You could put chippings on the rather ugly concrete bit, instead, for a play area and have beds for flowers at the end.

    If you want some flowers you will have to dig some beds and add compost. Seeds or plug plants are the cheapest. Hardy annual seeds you just scatter on the earth according to what the packet says. Or you could put pots of flowers and some garden furniture on the concrete bit, hard to tell how big it is. If the budget runs to it it would be nice to have some trellis on the fence with some climbers. Whose fence is it?

    Or, you could grow veg at the end when you've dug up the lumpy bumpy bit. Does it get sun?

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • I agree with Busy-Lizzie, check with the landlord first. I am not sure I would get rid of the bush as it looks well established and quite a nice shape (and it's the only thing stopping the garden from looking like a box at the min). Once you have investigated the raised lumps, you could even utilise them by having a slightly raised bed there. Growing from seed is a cheap option but you don't always get the flowers or plants you want this year, they can take until next year to mature enough to give you any impact. The post may take alot of digging out as it will have a substantial cemented base. 

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    Apologies for all the spelling errors, i always forget to spell check

    I have a concrete washing line post, too much effort to dig up so this year am going to plant to grow up ti. Last year i Hung a couple of pots on it with trailing nasturtiums- cheap, cheerful, can grow from seed, I put wire through the holes at the top to hold them

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