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Hi everyone, long time no speak……………I do not seem to have enough hours in a week anymore and when I am back from babysitting etc I have the garden to sort out too. Well do you remember we had six massive conifers removed? That left us with a huge space to fill and even more garden to tend. Well we came to a decision and the only way forward was to cheat, yes cheat, please take a look at the photos and let me know what you think!!


The first 3 photos were taken when the trees were taken down and the mess left behind, revealing the back end of a neighbours garage and their awful fence.


As you can see this patch became a dumping ground. We added the trellis to ‘hide’ our neighbours ugly garage, so hoping some planting of climbers would help, I didnt want stark fencing.


We then called in a company to fix our problem and voila…….a maintenance free, very posh patch!! Lol… We are delighted with the result. I have planted, passion flower, honeysuckle, hydrangea, & a climbing rose along the back fence hoping this will make a nice green screen and make my life much easier. There is more planting to do but this is the fun bit. What do you think?

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Is it asto-turf Grandmage ? Roy

5 Jul, 2014

 

I think you made the right decision,G.mage..it looks so much lighter and spacious,and your maintenance free lawn looks so like the real thing..!.your plants will look great when they get going up that trellis...well done,my dear :o) x

5 Jul, 2014

 

I imagine this is going to look wonderful, GM. I will look forward to seeing the finished planting.

5 Jul, 2014

 

looks brilliant, GM! and the "lawn" will be a lot easier to maintain!

6 Jul, 2014

 

No more mowing! :-) What else are you planning to plant?

6 Jul, 2014

 

It does look very nice, certainly posh and lovely :)

6 Jul, 2014

 

Very nice.

6 Jul, 2014

 

Hi all, thank you for all your lovely comments,
Roy, yes it is astro turf, cheating I know but I didnt want any more work than I already have.
Thank you B...........I will have to be patient with the planting wont I? I am hoping I will get the desired effect when they cover that trellis we could have put fence there but as I am surrounded by eight gardens we cannot keep hiding our neighbours ends of gardens it is too costly (would rather go on hol!!)
TB......thank you too, you may have to wait a while as things take time to grow.
Fran, these days I need an easier way of life and this was the choice we had to make.
Spritz......no more mowing on that side anyway, the other half of the garden, which now looks a little worn compared to this, still needs mowing and looking after! Not sure what else to plant yet, any ideas??
Thanks Daylily, posh it is but I can get over that Lol, at least I wont have too much work to do and that was worrying me and thank you Alextb :)

6 Jul, 2014

 

It looks great. We have some astro turf in our front garden and passers-by often ask if it is real or not as they are not quite sure. It certainly has improved a lot over the years and is so easy to maintain. We have had it for about 2 years now and haven't had to do a thing, just occasionally sweep falling leaves away.

6 Jul, 2014

 

Ah thats good to know Lijemc. I'm afraid the garden gets me down a bit and I just want a easier life really, so I am glad to hear that you have done the same !

6 Jul, 2014

 

You have definitely done the right thing. If you cut down the workload you will enjoy it more and it won't seem so demanding.

6 Jul, 2014

 

found my local "mini" B+Q last week - they had rolls of arti-grass, 16 ,metres x 1 metre. boy, was i tempted! but atht was my "look, no shop" day. If i could access their stupid inaccessible website, I'd buy a couple or three.

6 Jul, 2014

 

It's nice and green :o) And when the plants start to grow up the trellises, it will look lovely :)

6 Jul, 2014

 

How about a Clematis cirrhosa for winter colour? I love 'Lansdowne Gem' and it produces a few flowers around now, as well - lovely. :-))

7 Jul, 2014

 

that looks so neat and tidy, think for you that was the way to go! Time is very limited when chasing around looking after children and babysitting - gardens tend to be left to their own devices and that astro turf will only need to be swept. Good thinking there. :O)

7 Jul, 2014

 

Well done, Grandmage, it looks great and so neat and tidy. I considered astro turf for my tiny patch in the back garden but had to think of the tortoises and, of course, Millie. How about some honeysuckle on the trellis? Look forward to hearing about your choices when you have time. Just relax and enjoy those little ones :)

7 Jul, 2014

 

Hi all and many thanks for your comments and suggestions, I will take note and when i have a moment will go out plant hunting. Thanks Rosie, glad you are on my side, Thanks Fran & Hywel, Spritz, Olive & Gee. I have planted a red honeysuckle, a passion flower & climbing rose, so I will try to find the clem. that Spritz suggested and I think that might be all for now, I will give things time to take, then add more stuff later. :)

8 Jul, 2014

 

Brilliant Gill! Perfect for a busy lady, and no-one will ever know! X

12 Jul, 2014

 

Ah thanks Sheila, I keep going down to look at it and must admit it looks so neat and tidy, just how I like things :) x

12 Jul, 2014

 

A neighbour of a friend has done the same, and with a few scattered leaves from a nearby tree, it looks completely natural! Such a clever idea . . .

13 Jul, 2014

 

When I walked down there this morning I found two apples that had fallen of our neighbours tree, they looked quite at home :)

13 Jul, 2014

 

:) excellent :)

13 Jul, 2014

 

What a clever idea........it is not the lawn that is hard work, but the borders here, so packed with plants.

6 Aug, 2014

 

I agree Dd, it is my borders that are very hard work so by putting this lawn down it gives me more time to concentrate on everything else.

7 Aug, 2014

 

I see, good thinking GM.....

8 Aug, 2014

 

Anything Dd for an easy/easier life these days :) as I am going to need a new hip before long :(

8 Aug, 2014

 

My OH had a hip replacement over 7 years ago now, it is amazing how good his hip is and I was so worried about him, but they have you up and back on your feet in no time at all, as long as you do exactly as they tell you and do not try and overdo things Grandmage you will be all good. I cannot believe the difference it has made to him. Good luck when the time comes. :O)

8 Aug, 2014

 

And from me too.......you will be running around like a spring chicken in no time!!

8 Aug, 2014

 

Thanks girls for the encouragement, I am putting it off as long as I can at mo, I have a holiday to Italy soon, then I am off with my friends on a cruise, I told the consultant that I haven't got time at the mo and he laughed ! Time will tell, I thought the autumn/winter time would be better so no gardening to do!

9 Aug, 2014

 

Yes a winter op much better plenty of time to recover...:-!

9 Aug, 2014

 

Thanks Dd. :)

10 Aug, 2014

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