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I recently moved in with my girlfriend into her house & the garden is a right mess. It's a lovely long garden with patio slab about half way along then what I call the jungle. It's full of overgrown plants, nettles, weeds & all sorts which I have an idea of how to get rid of & have began. The problem I'm facing is that who ever owned the house before, or even before that had either a wall or a stone building which was destroyed & theres rubble left in amongst the soil and what little patches of grass lay amongst the dense overgrow. What do people suggest I do to tackle this? The only thing I can think of is that it all may need digging out and completely and have new soil put down & re seed it all. I'm clueless about gardening but willing to give it a go if it makes the garden look a lot better. Any help would be greatly appreciated


  • Rinus KRinus K Posts: 67

    Hi Matthew,

    You just mentioned the best solution. Digging it out 60 - 70 cm and new soil.

    Otherwise you keep struggling for years and years.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,750

    The best way is rarely the easy way unfortunately.

    Before you start, ask a gardener friend to come visit to see if there's anything that should be saved.

    As Roy Cropper once said " if you fail to prepare, you should prepare to fail"

  • The thing is that it's only a rented property so don't want to do to much and throw silly money at it. Just want to get it to an acceptable standard for the minimum amount possible. Think I'll get onto the landlord about it. Thanks for responding guys
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,750

    Forgive me Mathew, but is the house owned by your girlfriend or is it rented. 

    I'd not put the effort in for the benefit of a landlord, but if it's her's then get stuck in.

    Maybe you persuade her to help? Nicer doing things together and you can share the sense of achievement at the end.

    good luck with the move and the garden.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,750

    sorry Mathew I think our postings crossed. 

    If you have a good relationship with the landlord, by all means talk to him/ her

    If you're planning to live there a long time, he / she might well be open to some sort of help, share the cost, or provide a skip or a labourer. Worth asking.

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