Hi and welcome to Garden Ninja today we aregoing to be converting this front drive to a beautiful front garden.
More often thannot, people end up with a sea of tarmac where the front garden is and what I want to dowith Garden Ninja is to show you, you can have both a functioning drive and a fantasticfront garden.
Here's the finished design for the garden that we will be working to whendoing this makeover.
As you can see I've removed quite a lot of the tarmac and put some niceclean formal lines in there, using low hedges and grasses to add movement and some dramato the garden.
There is clear access to the front door, back of the house and side ofthe house and also enough parking for up to 3 cars.
I've now got my team in here who arestarting to cut away the tarmac to prepare for the garden design.
Working to a scaledplan, like the one I showed you before, makes it far easier for both your contractors toquote and to undertake the work because its really clear what needs to be done and where.
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So we are at the end of the first day nowas you can see the garden is starting to take shape now based on the plan.
We have the pathbehind me which has been cut out and the new beds and lawns but unfortunately, it's rainingso we're going to stop for today and carry on tomorrow.
Ok so the hard landscaping isnearly complete as you can see we have the outline of the new garden design the edgingstones are in and the ground has been prepared to the subsoil level.
What I'm going to dotoday is turn over this unusual shaped bed remove any plants that are not staying inthe existing scheme, hopefully rehouse them and give them to someone who would want them,turn over that bed and then get ready to out the sleepers in to build that feature raisedbed.
Lets get cracking! What I am going to do now is break up all the soil from wherethe tarmac has been lifted because over years its been compacted and there is a pan thatsformed in the soil.
A pan is just a really compacted layer of soil but it is really badfor drainage roots and aeration which is what plants need to survive so I'm going to breakit all up, take out any of the bigger rocks and then work it into the soil add compostand topsoil to aerate to remove that pan.
So I have cleared out all the hard landscapedareas now and I'm just about to start putting together the raised beds.
I've spent quitea lot of time now preparing the sub base which is the layer under the top soil and turf I'veremoved a lot of debris, rocks and bits of broken glass and I've levelled it now whatI'm doing is putting on a mix of three quarters top soil to a quarter organic matter.
In thiscase mushroom compost.
What the organic matter will help do is to retain moisture, give nutrientsto the new turf over a long period of time and also help drainage and other issues youmay find with compacted soil so it is really important to get the balance right.
So I'mspreading this all over and evening it out and then move on to marking out where theturf is going to be.
So all the hard landscaping is now done we have the turf down and thesoil in unfortunately I got rained off yesterday but it did mean that all the soil got a goodsoak which is great.
So what I am going to do now is layout all the plants based on thedesign and then start the planting.
It is really important that you lay out all yourplants before you commit them to the soil, this allows you to move them around and makesure the spacing is correct and that it looks exactly how you want it to look.
Better todo it now rather than when you've dug them all in! Just to remind you here is how thegarden looked before.
A sea of ugly tarmac and an unusable front space.
Here it is thefinished design turning a lump of tarmac into a beautiful and functional front garden, I'vebeen Garden Ninja and if you have any questions please visit my site www.