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Front Garden Makeover

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.

Always make sure you use a reputable contractor.

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.




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Garden Rescue SOS Makeover

Hi this is Garden Ninja today we are up inBurnley and I'm doing a garden SOS what that means is that someone has instructed me tocome round and reorganise all of their planting give the garden a full makeover but withoutredesigning the hard landscaping.

SO today as I said we are up in Burnley and we havea traditional garden here with rectangular borders but if I show you round you will beable to see that a lot of the planting has been put together pick and mix so whilst someof these plants are actually beautiful they are not necessarily in the right order sowhat I'm going to do is remove a number of plants that shouldnt be here that have overgrownthemselves and move existing pockets of plants around into a more defined structure and thenadd a whole heap of new low maintenance herbaceous perennials so yeat after year it will keepcming back and its low maintenance.

This should give a really cohesive theme and thats oneof the key parts of any garden work not just design is that it's cohesive so when you lookat the garden it should make sense and it should follow some sort of order and pattern.

So I'll give you an update later on.

So this is the back garden I'll be working on as youcan see loads of shrubs here all different heights some need a real hard prune.

Alsoabout 4 or 5 dwarf conifers which are anything but dwarf so the first job will be to getthose out! it's a similar picture here in the front garden loads of different shrubsall competing for space in drastic need of a good prune and sort out.

A lot of the plantshere don't necessarily go here and thats really important in design, so when I redesign thisthe planting will be much more appropriate for the space and the conditions of this frontgarden.

Now I've just been digging up some dwarf conifers and they have grown ratherlarge so it's a bit of a battle but I think I'm winning managing to get them up.

It'sreally important when removing shrubs or dwarf conifers like this that you get out as muchof the root as possible you dont want to leave any in there.

It just gets stuck makes itdifficult to garden.

So it is now day 2 of the garden SOS up here in Burnley and yesterdaywas a really good day I got loads done so I have been working on my own on this projectand yesterday I managed to take out 5 conifers, the same amount of shrubs and so quite a bitof formative pruning on some shrubs that were staying so I'll give you a quick walk around.

So as you can see the beds have been cleared and made quite a significant difference already,so you maybe wondering how have you managed to do all that on your own? Well thats thepower of the garden ninja! So I'll update you later on.

So the plants have now justarrived at the Garden SOS and as you maybe able to see from my furrowed brow it's a scorchingday today it doesnt look it but its about 23 degrees I'm mad hot digging up shrubs andpruning its hard work but if you have a look at these beauties you'll see the kind of colourpalette I've gone for which is lots of dusky reds, pinks and some variegation and somelovely Sambucus here which will grow into really nice specimins.

So even though I'msweating my trousers off its definately going to be worth it! So more to follow.

Here'sthree of my plant favourites starting with Hosta 'Patriot' with it's white variegatedleaves, followed by Heuchera 'Marmalade' with it's bright orange leaves and lastly Astrantiamajor 'Snow storm' great for shady positions with its cottagey white flowers perfect forany garden.

I'm now on day 3 of the garden SOS so Ive done a lot of the hard graft suchas taking out the shrubs and anything thats going.

Today is pruning day! So I'm goingto be pruning formatively the shrubs that are staying it's really important when youprune that you take your time and that you do it properly, always angling away from abud just before the next branch or stem, some people kind of lop stuff off and it looksuntidy so with pruning take your time stand back, have another look and always a littlebit less is sometimes a little bit more! So I'm on the seconf to last day of Garden SOSand today is the exciting part, it's planting day! So I get to put all of these fantasticplants in and arrange them to make the garden look really good.

Unfortunately though theweather has made a turn for the worse! It is starting to rain.

So luckily garden ninjahas always his capsule wardrobe as you can see I've got long trousers on and water proofsready for the rain I've also got the help of my Grandads 70 year old bucket which heleft me a few years ago so it's got all my tools in there to get planting, so I'll keepyou updated and hopefully this rain wont mess up my hair to much! Placing plants out firstis a really good tip it means you can move them around before committing them to theground.

So this here is going to be the shade border because it has a number of conifershere it's never directly in the sun it's perfect for plants that like shade it's also quitedamp so the plants that I have chosen things like Hostas some Bugbane which really likeswet damp conditions what that plant will do is it will come up in summer with loads offoliage and then around August-September time you will get these huge spires, in this cultivarof white flowers so it gives you some end of season interest.

Hostas are fantastic plantsfor all sorts of different positions a little bit of shade really and keep them damp youget some amazing foliage and also get flowers.

You do need to be careful of slugs who lovethem, so make sure you're using some form of preventative measure to keep slugs at bay.

It's the final day of the gardening SOS so the suns out the rains stopped which is greatnews as it was really wet yesterday I've managed to finish the front garden which is all plantedand now I'm moving onto the back.

Finally, I'll be moving onto one of my favourite taskswhich is mulching! Everyone knows how much I love mulch so I will keep you posted andshow you the finished result.

So we have come to the end of the Garden SOS it's been dugover, shrubs removed, shrubs pruned back that are staying and a whole heap of new excitingyet low maintenance plants have been put in.

So things like Heucheras, Hostas, we havesome lovely Sambucus to add some structure and height and Armeria as well which is likea false thrift so lots of purples, pinks and dashes of white just to set the garden alightso it's been a fantastic week lots of hard work but I think you will agree that the endresult is really quite spectacular.

I;ve been garden ninja thanks for watching.

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