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Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:14 pm
by mrblackbat
So following buying a house in the countryside I got a garden as well. I'm not really much of a gardener, but have no intention of being that chavvy person who has an overgrown weed infested shambles.

Seeing as we now have a dog, grass is compulsory for its biological processes.... but I do want to get a bit of patio area at the bottom where its sunniest for bbqs, and so on.

As the garden slopes off gently, I'm thinking either gravel or a levelled and raised flagged patio. Obviously the latter will be more work as it needs a retaining wall and so on.

Anyone with any experience of either and pros/cons thereof?

Re: Gardening

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:59 pm
by Gibbon
We're thinking of putting a block paving patio at the back of ours shortly. Our front drive is laid with similar, and because we have some big trees with preservation orders on them, we needed to have something that had decent drainage, i.e. no mortar. These have sand brushed between them which is actually really nice, though it needs a quick spray with weed killer every year.

Something like this:


In my personal experience I'd avoid gravel next to grass (although maybe my view is influenced by having kids) because it inevitably ends up on your lawn and then either it pings a rock across the garden which blinds someone or breaks one of your windows. Either way, your mower blade gets a little blunter.
Also cats (not necessarily yours) like to shit in gravel if it's too fine and litter like.

I'd go for paving personally and spend a little more.

Re: Gardening

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:01 pm
by theadore
Agree with gibbon about gravel... I'd be tempted to consider decking depending on the circumstances... Obviously upkeep, but I was shocked how hard the groundwork was in laying half a dozen flags. We ended up having to dig out under a tree which was absolutely awful... But in general the soil about 6 inches down became solid raw earth and at least 50% rock.

Bear in mind what your going to do with the earth as well... I'd recommend some back of a fag packet geometry to work out whether a skip is in order... We ended up taking 3 trips to the tip with 10 rubble sacks each time... Not bad for us because it's just up the road... But drags it out.

Re: Gardening

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:46 pm
by mrblackbat
The other half is absolutely 100% against decking.

Been a fair bit of digging already, and whilst the soil is pretty heavily clay based, aside from where there used to be an old boundary wall, it's been ok for digging.