Garden Paving Ideas

Garden Paving Ideas

Garden Paving IdeasJaded and overgrown gardens are a frequent sight of townhouses with small gardens where the structure and functionality have become lost, if not, non-existent – which was the case with one of our most recent projects.

The owners who are very keen gardeners were determined to review all aspects of the new design before getting started. For them the new design needed to incorporate space for them to continue enjoying the garden, to create an interesting but practical layout and ideally one that would not be too onerous to maintain and also a garden that would include provide additional scope to growing vegetables. One complication and an issued that need to be tackled was the damp lawn that became a very soggy area over the winter months.

Garden Paving Ideas

So, the result! As you can see in the pictures the final design featured a series of curving lines and circles to provide a softer curvolinear layout of cut Indian Sandstone (Raveena), Ballylusk pebble was used in specific areas to enhance the cut stone patio profile and Sandstone kerbing provided a more clearly defined but protected raised edge to the planting areas. Pressure treated Pine Sleepers were utilised to make raised planting vegetable beds. Any threat of lingering surface water was resolved by installing a series of land drains. The results featuring simple geometry and skillful cutting of stone provides a much more distinctive and pleasing layout than simply paving the whole area. Interesting forms and layouts, combined with practical material choice and skillful installation ensures very satisfying looks, practical spaces and low maintenance requirements.

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Owen Chubb at 12:11 am

    Hi Steve

    thanks for your comments, a simple example of how a space can made bigger by a combination of creative layout and better space utilisation. In response to your enquiry, land drains depending on the complexity of the surface water problem, can be constructed in a range of ways. Typically in residential gardens, this would involve excavating a trench to a minimum depth of 300-600mm. Backfill trench 100-150mm with free draining granular material( eg drainage pebble. Wrap the perforated/slotted land drain with a permeable membrane (eg terram) and lay (with falls to soak pit, manhole etc) onto the drainage pebble. Surround the land drain with pebble and cover with 100-150mm pebble. Top dress/re-instate to ground level in preferred finish, for example for lawns, topdress with at least 150mm topsoil or sub-base (hardcore) for paved areas.

    Hope this helps.
    OC

  2. Steve Boulden at 5:39 pm

    A very creative use of space. The same area even looks bigger with the curves and materials you used.

    How are the series of land drains you mention created? Through the gravel? Grading? Leach line?

    Thanks.

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