I bought my flat 6 years ago and thought my garden was all lawn (grass was 18" high at the time). When I had the grass cut I realised that within the lawn there were 2 flower beds which hadn't been tended for some years and were growing wild - no grass just weeds. These beds are a few inches lower than the lawn. When I moved to the flat I was working full time and didn't have much time to do anything in the garden other than dig a shrub border at the edge and keep the area tidy. I'm now 62 years of age, I'm retired from work and my income is the state pension. I would love to get my garden in order, but to hire a landscaper is outwith my means so it's up to me. I'm not afraid of hard work (but do have limitations), and I'm not sure how to tackle the problems. There's a patio and another slabbed area which was once the base for a greenhouse. I don't feel I'm able to re-vamp these areas so must work around them. I thought of hiring a rotavator and churning up the 'lawn' area, I thought it might be easier to level the ground when the earth is soft and I could then sow grass seed and cultivate a lawn. Is this the right course of action?
- 26 Apr, 2011