Problem Corner…

Monday, 19 March 2012

A lot of garden design is about solving problems. The problems can be very subtle, like determining the best planting solution for a particular patch of the garden, or the problems can be pretty bloomin’ in-yer-face. This blog summarises a recent small ‘problem corner’ that we had been asked to rectify. The problem wasn’t particularly subtle but we hope that the solution was effective…

Problem corner: a sloping area with lots of roots and old bricks

Problem corner: a sloping area with lots of roots and old bricks

The problem corner

A bank of leylandii had been removed from an already small, sloping courtyard garden leaving an unsightly strip of sloping loose ground which was peppered with old bricks and blocks and hindered by the ample root network and stumps of the leylandii. The area was hard enough to get around on, nevermind establish any useful or maintainable border.

The solution

We constructed a new timber terrace using chunky treated softwood to create level areas which were much more accessible. The terraces were secured by the insertion of timber posts, strategically sunk and concreted amongst the burgeoning web of tree roots. Excavation was difficult but worthwhile in order to get enough support posts in at the required depth. The hard landscaping will be softened by planting.

Solution:raised beds create terracing ready for planting

Solution:raised beds create terracing ready for planting

If you have a problem area that you need tackled we’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading

All at Vialii


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