NOTE: This page is for you if you have "Grass that looks more like weeds, it's wet and soggy and frogs are living in it" If this is not your existing garden description please click back to 'Home' and read the text to find your garden type.
OK, the very first thing to sort out before anything can happen is SPACE.
When I say space, I mean a space where we can work without having to move junk about the garden on at least five occassions whilst we are working. We would need areas to place any delivered items, we need space for the tools, and a good wheelbarrow run.
Most people are blessed with a side entrance to their property allowing easy removal or bringing in of new materials. If you do not have a side entrance - or any other exit to take a barrow, the job will be more expensive due to the time consuming 'Manhandling' of everything through the house. Everything listed here still has to be done, but just a lot lot slower!
An area for a skip to remove the debris generated from the works is also beneficial. A skip can be placed on your front drive without the need for a permit. If it goes in the road you will need a permit - these can usually be arranged by us at an extra charge. You have to pay for a permit to the council, we charge the same rate.
If you have no room for a skip, then removal by our vehicles to a local dump may be the only way. Again, this would be more expensive as all the dumps now charge by the weight, and if removing water sodden clay or soil the price soon mounts up.
Assuming the skips and the space is sorted we now move on ....
Gardens do come in all shapes and sizes. They also have slopes and gradients going in all directions. The first thing to do is to make sure that any slopes run away from the house to keep water away from the building. Sometimes this is not easy due to the land sloping naturally toward the house. In this instance, you have two options:
- Change the levels to make flat by severe excavation.
- Place good drainage to catch all water running off.
Usually No.2 is the chosen method due to the cost involved in major excavations and building retaining structures to stop the neighbours garden coming into yours!
Sometimes the slope may be very gradual, but enough to create a problem, especially during the Winter months when the water just pours out of the badly drained area. In this case, we can do a minor excavation that leaves the area sloping in the direction we want, ie; toward an installed drainage area. New top-soil is then brought in and laid level. The finished top area is level, but the deeper excavated area is sloped. When the area gets waterlogged the water now goes down to the sloped clay area and then migrates toward the drainage. Sometimes the area may need a herringbone land drain installed if the area is quite large or there are other diffuculties along the way. Non of this is seen on the works finish - it's all buried.
With all the hard work done and the soil in place, new weed free turf is added to the area to give you back your lawn. If there are areas where plants grow, that also have the water problem, these areas would be included in the design during the excavation stage. If there are plants you wish to keep in these areas, the job may have to be done during the Autumn period to enable a successful transplant of your shrubs.
As with all jobs, this is just a rule of thumb guide as to how we do it. Every job is different and for this reason an on-site visit is required for us to see the problem for ourselves and to give you the best advice and low cost options - Give us a call and arrange for a quotation.
The only thing you have to worry about now, is where are you going to put all those frogs?
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