On initial visit to this landscaping contract, the garden was in a state of disrepair and needed of a lot of landscaping work. This work included removing existing plants, plastering and painting of surrounding walls, removal of materials and rubbish, levelling of lawn, removal of tree stumps.
After meeting with the client, discussing the above, the budget and requirements, we came up with the following brief:
– Large cota brown limestone seating area
– Raised bed to double up as seating
– Granite cobble mowing edge
– New low maintenance planting
– New instant roll out lawn
– Plastering and painting of surrounding walls
– Small lean too shed
– Child friendly
– Cabelling for future garden lighting
Our landscapers cleared the site of granite boulders, unwanted plants, rubbish and tree stumps and carted everything to the dump.
Professional plasterers then plastered the surrounding walls with a concrete render.
The raised bed was installed using 4” solids laid flat, to a height of 400mm. The bed was capped with 600×300 silver brush hammered granite to create seating. Before filling with topsoil heavy duty plastic was installed against the back of the bed to protect against moisture for future painting.
The cota brown limestone patio was created using 600×600 slabs laid in a soldier course parallel to the house. The slabs were laid on a 3:1 cement mix, on top of a 75mm compacted layer of quarry screenings. On the completion the area was 90Msq which allowed plenty of space for the kids bikes, roller skats etc.
Our landscapers then installed the mowing edge using 200x100x50mm tumbled silver granite cobbles. The mowing edge decided the beds and ran the whole circumference of the lawn creating definition and low maintenance. Armoured cable was laid through the beds for future garden lighting.
Twenty tonnes of screened topsoil was spread over the whole lawn area to bring up levels. The soil was heeled in and and raked removing the larger stones. The sod was then laid creating a large lawn ideal for football and other games.
The newly plastered walls were then painted in the same colour as the house. This transformed the garden and connected the house to it.
The planting comprised mostly of hardy shrubs and perennials that would do well in shade and against a North and East facing wall. The shrubs included Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum Garnet’, Epimedium ‘Frohnleiten’, Heuchera ‘Sugar Frosting’, Diosma ‘Sunset Gold’, Sarcoccocca confusa, Astelia ‘Silver Shadow’, Fatsia japonica, Diosma ‘Pink Fountain’, Carex ‘Everest’, Myrtus luma ‘Glanleam Gold’, Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Variegatus’, Carex ‘Ice Dancer’, Viburnum davidii, Pulmonaria ‘E. B. Anderson’, Helleborus ‘Metallic Blue’, Aucuba ‘Picturata’, Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’, Dodonea ‘Purpurea’, Skimmia ‘Fragrant Cloud’, Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’, Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’, Euonymus japonicas ‘Microphyllus’, Thuja smargard and Erica carnea spp. For hedging we used Prunus luisitanica ‘Angustifolia’ and for the raised bed we planted Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ which will look fantastic later in the season.
The client was very happy with the results and wrote the following:
“I would recommend Kevin for any landscaping or gardening requirements. While we had little gardening experience, we had a clear idea as to what we needed and wanted from our garden. Kevin provided us with expert advice and novel ideas to help transform our garden into exactly what we had wanted and more. Kevin is extremely hard working, thorough and a perfectionist. Thanks so much Kevin for all your hard work. Linda O’Connell, Churchtown.”
If you require a professional, insured and qualified landscape Designer/Contractor contact Kevin Baumann on 086 8198444.