When we first looked at this garden it was obvious that it was in desperate need of some sort of drainage system. The lawn area was extremely wet and as the lawn fell towards the house, most of the water would end up on the small existing patio area which meant it was always very wet.
There was a huge Lilandi hedge at the top of the garden with an overgrown compost area which all needed removing to open this area up.
From the design we drew up we came up with extensive new plant beds combined with the new drainage and land-drains, a low retaining wall and a large patio area.
A small vegetable bed was included as well as access ramp for the lawn mower and steps to the raised lawn area. We removed approximately 50 tons of earth from the proposed patio area and added the wall footings to the edge.
The wall was built from concrete blocks to the rear and reclaimed sandstone to the front and built dry in a random design, the wall top was then capped with Indian stone pavers. Drainage was added behind the wall and in-front and connected to the top-water system.
Land-drains were dug down the length of the lawn in a herring-bone design and connected into the manholes.
The new beds were prepared by removing the existing turf and turning the existing soil and then adding 20 tons of screened topsoil before mixing through.
A circular patio was added to the top corner of the garden with a simple pergola above it. New Birch and Fir trees were planted at the top and to one side to give the some height to the large beds, seasonal planting was added in the spring.
The patio area was prepared with hard-core stone and Indian Paving was laid to form a very even surface area. New steps connect the patio to the lawn and also from the living room to the patio.
The utility area in-front of the shed was paved and we added a ramp to the lawn at the side to get the lawn-mower up and down.