Front lawn

Hello there, just joined the forum!

I have a front lawn in front of the house with hedges on either side and in front - basically surrounding the house. it is so plain and dull - i need some inspiration! what on earth can i do with a plain lawn surrounded by nothing but hedges!?

 

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Hi image Any pics would be helpful and if not more description re aspect, type of hedge, soil etc. Also how much work do you want to do? Hedge stays? Goes? Lawn stays goes? etc. 

  • You seem like a gardening expert - am just a beginner! i will send a picture through soon. My budget isn't very big - i didn't even consider letting the lawn go! It's an idea i guess but i wouldn't know where to start. I don't know what type of soil we have either.

    Since you're an addict...at the back we have paving slabs...but weeds grow between them ALL the time - they all have gaps between them.(very narrow gaps). any suggestions for closing those off?

     

    Thanks

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    I had a lot of help on here for my front garden. You do, though, need to post a couple of pictures and give an idea of its uses, and direction

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,739

    Hi inspiration. I always ask people what they don't like as that's often easier! So I'd suggest you make a little list of things like colours and styles and plants you hate so that you can rule them out. Also, the reason for asking about the aspect of the garden (the direction) is because it will determine what you can or can't grow. Same with the soil-  it's important to know so that plants grow sucessfully, although if you're not sure of that there will be plenty of help here. Lastly think about how much time you have to spend on maintaining it. Most people spend more time working in their back garden because it's usually the one they spend most time in, so you may want something simple but effective that will look neat and tidy all year round. 

    Re the paving slabs- clean everything out from between them and brush in a dry mortar mix of 1 part cement to 2/3 parts sand and then sprinkle lightly with a watering can and it will set. If the ground's damp you can just brush it in and leave it and it will absorb the moisture from the surrounding soil and set that way. image

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • addictaddict Posts: 659
    inspiration123 wrote (see)

    Since you're an addict...at the back we have paving slabs...but weeds grow between them ALL the time - they all have gaps between them.(very narrow gaps). any suggestions for closing those off?

     What Fairygirl said lol.

     

    Re the soil...Pictures of what you have growing in the back would give an idea and/or try this....wet a handful of soil til pliable. Feels gritty? soapy? sticky? Roll it into a sausage. If it falls apart high sand/grit  content. If it makes a sausage pretty good soil. If you can bend it right round into a ring high clay content. Any visible sign of chalk? Stones? 

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Don't know why the writing is all blue and don't know how to change it!! image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,739

    addict - I could make lots of rings then...and a few pots for good measure! image

    Great description of doing a soil test addict- not heard it put like that before!

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,245

    You could take some photos, put them in a plastic sleeve, and then draw on it with marker pens to show what you want. If you don't like it, rub it out and start again.  Think of it as a blank canvas. Your only contstaint is the soil type  and size of your plot.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • addictaddict Posts: 659
    Fairygirl wrote (see)

    addict - I could make lots of rings then...and a few pots for good measure! image

    Great description of doing a soil test addict- not heard it put like that before!

    Oh dear lots of clay then FG.  I can't take credit for it. The RHS taught us. It was great fun going round the grounds and making mud rings lol and then onto the litmus testing...didn't want to mention that yet. When you are a novice gardener too much information can put you off gardening for life lol.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,698

    My suggestion is ............. If you've not had a garden before, it's difficult to know what you like and what you don't , and what's possible and what will fit in with your life.  

    I suggest that you spend some time looking around at other gardens, whether those in your neighbourhood or visiting Open Gardens, everything from the Yellow Book scheme to Stately Homes - try to decide the sort of effect you like - BEFORE you start digging things up, cutting things down and spending a lot of money which might be wasted.  And look at books and gardening magazines to find out how to get the effect you like in your garden.

    Do your planning this summer and start your gardening in the winter/spring image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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