Plant Selection Planning
Appologies for the long post but saves me typing several small ones.
After killing off the extensive collection of weeds last summer with glyphosphate I am now left with a blank canvas. I have removed the top layer of soil and dug over witha fork to remove any residual roots but I have some questions and would appreciate some advice/oppinion with regards to my plan and any suitable plants I could add for impact/depth.
I have removed three tonnes of soil/root so my garden is finally level with neighbours, no idea whi we had so much excess soil. I remove this in an attempt to limit ivy/weed regrowth. I will leave what remains to see if any persists before applying more glyphosphate.
Soil Quality Drainage
What is the best way to make the soil lighter? I have patches of heavy clay. Planned to rotavate once I was clear of most of the weed growth.
I will probably also dig several oles to fill with gravel before turfing, is this effective at improving drainage?
As shown in the attached images there are two narrow channels one between the house and the patio and the other between the garage and the concrete path. Will these be intended for drainage as I would like to remove the path to increase lawn space and reduce paving costs. I paln to keep the channel between the house and the patio to maintain a degree of water clearance.
Distinguishing between roots
The plot had several trees and out of control ivy, I have removed as much of the rooting as possible, when aproaching the remaining tree I was concerned that some of the "ivy" roots which I had pulled out may have belonged to the tree. Will cutting a few 1cm diamiter roots from a well established tree damage its health? the roots in question were about 2" under the soil about 6 foot from its base.
As its a blank canvas could anyone suggest good shrubs/plants to add. I am looking for a mixture of heights, colours and preferably some winter colour.
I like dogwood and hostas for colour and contrast and they seem well sized when mature.
I would like to plant apply or greengage trees against the garage walls, are should I be ok with a general tree from a garden centre or do I need a speciality tree for espalier type planting?