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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

Planting completed and top dressed with bark

Project Garden – Front Garden Changes July 2016

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Ever since we moved in, we have been considering a change to our drive. The builders created it on a curve. It was just wide for two cars, however when getting out of the right hand car you had to step out onto the grass. We decided to remedy this.

The starting position

The starting position
2 July 2016

Prior to the hard landscape team arriving, the grass was marked out with canes. As well as the widening of the drive, we also put a path across the front of the house. There was also a plan to extend the front border to include the tree that had been planted in the middle of front grass.

Drive widened

Drive widened
6 July 2016

Due to the grass not being level, we have a slight raised edge to match up with the grass which will also provide an edge to keep the new border extension in check.

Our lavender bush was outgrowing the container it was in so it was to be planted into the new bed with a selection of hebes around it. In addition to provide some white flowers, a bridal wreath was added. The hebes selected included Hebe Red Edge (3 plants), Hebe Pewter Dome and Hebe Franciscana Variegata. All the plants will fill out over the years.

Planting completed

Planting completed
13 July 2016

To top it off bark was to be used. When using bark in bulk I have been using a local company – Scotbark – who deliver in cubic metre bags. With the planting finished I ordered the bark at 11:00, expecting it was be delivered the following week. So I was surprised when an hour later the bark was delivered.

Bark delivery

Bark delivery
14 July 2016

Although I had other plans for the afternoon, I did have an hour to move some of the bark, including top dressing the new planting.

Completed drive and planting

Completed drive and planting
14 July 2016

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