This was a great project, completely re landscaping an extensive garden in Waltham St Lawrence.
The first thing to be done was excavating the garden with diggers to clear the current lawn, decking, fire pit area and plants from the picket fence up to the back fence.
We cut back the overhanging shrubs on the far left hand side of the garden and removed the Ivy growing on the fence.
A retaining block wall was built to separate the lower patio area with the higher lawn area. It was built upon a strong ballast and cement footing with concrete blocks. It was then rendered to a nice smooth finish in preparation for painting.
The lower area at the back of the wall was primed with Bitumen to alleviate the problem of dampness.
Four curved steps were installed taking you up from the patio up to the lawn using the same method as above with matching patio slabs on top.
The new patio area was excavated down to a sufficient depth, with a strong weed membrane installed and a sub base evenly spread and compacted.
A 64m² patio was then be installed using Globalstone Syncro paving slabs. The patio was be laid upon sand and cement mix in a staggered pattern with a sufficient gradient to allow the rain water to drain away in to the surrounding borders. Each slab was sealed underneath prior to being laid with SBR binding agent. The patio was finished with a strong and consistent grouting mix.
A gravelled area was installed as per design for the the steel screen area. The 20mm Cotswold chippings that complement the colour of the patio were laid upon a level compacted ground and strong weed membrane.
6 Tonnes of good quality screened top soil and fertiliser were added to the three new lawn areas. The soil was rotovated and levelled in preparation for the installation of 170m² of high quality turf. The new lawns were shaped with a clear defined metal edge. The new turf was suitably compacted and watered to finish.
The new planting borders were extensively dug over with weeds, roots and debris removed. Fresh organic matter was added and dug over and levelled in preparation for planting. The areas linking the higher lawn and lower areas near the patio were graded gently downwards.