Complete Garden Revamp

Day 1

The start of a new job for a good friend in Banbury.

The area in question was slightly overgrown, with building materials and remnants from a start on the project made by the clients themselves.

We simply cleared the area to reveal the space, mapped out the new levels of the soon to be new area, along with some basic inspection of existing manholes.

Day 2

Further clearance of existing materials within the garden, along with the lifting of the lawn and pegging of the area.

Hot conditions prior to starting, made the ground/soil extremely hard and difficult to remove.

Day 3

Existing stonework for two corner feature areas was continued, along with a footing put in place for the couples main patio area.

Our aim early on as it tends to be on every landscaping job, was to define the edges and contours of the new area to work to.

Day 4

Stonework from the previous day was brushed off and continued with.

The main area was formed in stone to achieve a raised patio by the house, and to give us a sense of the new areas layout.

Day 5

Further brushing off to the stonework laid the day previously.

The sub-base for the main patio area was completed and compact ready for slab laying, along with some additional prep of path areas running around the garden.

Further stonework was also laid to form a small bed stemming from the main patio area.

Day 6

We began laying the Indian sandstone slabs within the main patio area, and continued with the prep work for the surrounding path areas.

Indian sandstone is a material we use a lot of, as it gives a mixture of tones within to tie in to surrounding brickwork or stonework.

Day 7

We continued with the slab laying within the main area, along with a recess manhole cover that’s slightly out of sight.

These are slightly fiddly and time consuming to set in place at the new finished patio level, but look great once complete as they essentially hide access points to manholes within slabbed areas.

Day 8

My colleague working solo, completed the prep work for the surrounding paths and infilled with type 1 hardcore for the sub-base before compacting.

This element is essentially the most important part of the task, as it ensures that the slab, sat on a full bed of mortar, has a solid sub-base below it and will not sink or drop in the future.

Day 9

We began laying the angled paths that wrap there way around the garden, and infilled one of the corner feature areas ready for membrane and finished shingle.

These areas were useful to us, as it allowed us to lose some remnants from the garden with both areas requiring building up.

Day 10

The paths were continued with around the garden, along with the area beginning to be cleared and prepped for the final phase of the job.

Electrical feeds were also put in place by a qualified electrician, for a water feature and an additional outdoor power socket.

Day 11

The slabbing was complete, along with the outstanding stonework and capping of to finish off the two planting areas either side of the garden.

This was a nice stage to be at, as the new area was mapped out and clear for us all to see.

Day 12

Stonework from the previous day was brushed off, and structural posts were set in place for the corner pergola feature.

Correct depth of, and concreting appropriately is the key to setting any post in place to ensure its strength is adequate along with longevity.

Day 13

My colleague began the pointing process of the slab work, which can be time consuming but looks very tidy afterwards in my eyes.

The pergola area was also formed, with the over head structure and timbers fixed in place to provide shade, as well as a feature for climbing plants to grow up. Topsoil was also added to the soon to be new lawn area.

Day 14

The pointing of the slab work was continued by myself solo, time consuming again and another colleague to help me with the process would have been better this day as it wasn’t complete.

We use a strong sand and cement mix to carry out this task, which ensures there is no staining to the freshly laid slabs, and that the finished article looks as tidy as possible at the end of the task.

Day 15

The pointing work was continued with solo again. The capping on top of the stonework took its time to carry out, but again with the process we know and use. 

A tidy finish is what we always aim to achieve so it is worthwhile in my eyes compared to other methods available that aren’t as effective I believe.

Day 16

A hole was dug for a water feature sump, lined with sand and set in place. The lawn was laid using bonemeal to help with the rooting/establishing process, a simple addition to this task and one that works very well in my eyes.

Finished shingle and membrane was also added to one of the corner areas, along with the trellis for the other to form a screen against the existing fence line.

Day 17

Finishing touches were put in place this day, which is always nice at the end of a fairly large in scale project as this was.

All that was outstanding was a small amount of pointing, and for the electrician to return and connect up the electrics for the water pump/feature.

Overall the before and after impact achieved on this job was probably the best we carried out in 2018, and is without a doubt the most satisfying element of being a landscape gardener.

Day 1

The start of a new job for a good friend in Banbury.

The area in question was slightly overgrown, with building materials and remnants from a start on the project made by the clients themselves.

We simply cleared the area to reveal the space, mapped out the new levels of the soon to be new area, along with some basic inspection of existing manholes.

Day 2

Further clearance of existing materials within the garden, along with the lifting of the lawn and pegging of the area.

Hot conditions prior to starting, made the ground/soil extremely hard and difficult to remove.

Day 3

Existing stonework for two corner feature areas was continued, along with a footing put in place for the couples main patio area.

Our aim early on as it tends to be on every landscaping job, was to define the edges and contours of the new area to work to.

Day 4

Stonework from the previous day was brushed off and continued with.

The main area was formed in stone to achieve a raised patio by the house, and to give us a sense of the new areas layout.

Day 5

Further brushing off to the stonework laid the day previously.

The sub-base for the main patio area was completed and compact ready for slab laying, along with some additional prep of path areas running around the garden.

Further stonework was also laid to form a small bed stemming from the main patio area.

Day 6

We began laying the Indian sandstone slabs within the main patio area, and continued with the prep work for the surrounding path areas.

Indian sandstone is a material we use a lot of, as it gives a mixture of tones within to tie in to surrounding brickwork or stonework.

Day 7

We continued with the slab laying within the main area, along with a recess manhole cover that’s slightly out of sight.

These are slightly fiddly and time consuming to set in place at the new finished patio level, but look great once complete as they essentially hide access points to manholes within slabbed areas.

Day 8

My colleague working solo, completed the prep work for the surrounding paths and infilled with type 1 hardcore for the sub-base before compacting.

This element is essentially the most important part of the task, as it ensures that the slab, sat on a full bed of mortar, has a solid sub-base below it and will not sink or drop in the future.

Day 9

We began laying the angled paths that wrap there way around the garden, and infilled one of the corner feature areas ready for membrane and finished shingle.

These areas were useful to us, as it allowed us to lose some remnants from the garden with both areas requiring building up.

Day 10

The paths were continued with around the garden, along with the area beginning to be cleared and prepped for the final phase of the job.

Electrical feeds were also put in place by a qualified electrician, for a water feature and an additional outdoor power socket.

Day 11

The slabbing was complete, along with the outstanding stonework and capping of to finish off the two planting areas either side of the garden.

This was a nice stage to be at, as the new area was mapped out and clear for us all to see.

Day 12

Stonework from the previous day was brushed off, and structural posts were set in place for the corner pergola feature.

Correct depth of, and concreting appropriately is the key to setting any post in place to ensure its strength is adequate along with longevity.

Day 13

My colleague began the pointing process of the slab work, which can be time consuming but looks very tidy afterwards in my eyes.

The pergola area was also formed, with the over head structure and timbers fixed in place to provide shade, as well as a feature for climbing plants to grow up. Topsoil was also added to the soon to be new lawn area.

Day 14

The pointing of the slab work was continued by myself solo, time consuming again and another colleague to help me with the process would have been better this day as it wasn’t complete.

We use a strong sand and cement mix to carry out this task, which ensures there is no staining to the freshly laid slabs, and that the finished article looks as tidy as possible at the end of the task.

Day 15

The pointing work was continued with solo again. The capping on top of the stonework took its time to carry out, but again with the process we know and use. 

A tidy finish is what we always aim to achieve so it is worthwhile in my eyes compared to other methods available that aren’t as effective I believe.

Day 16

A hole was dug for a water feature sump, lined with sand and set in place. The lawn was laid using bonemeal to help with the rooting/establishing process, a simple addition to this task and one that works very well in my eyes.

Finished shingle and membrane was also added to one of the corner areas, along with the trellis for the other to form a screen against the existing fence line.

Day 17

Finishing touches were put in place this day, which is always nice at the end of a fairly large in scale project as this was.

All that was outstanding was a small amount of pointing, and for the electrician to return and connect up the electrics for the water pump/feature.

Overall the before and after impact achieved on this job was probably the best we carried out in 2018, and is without a doubt the most satisfying element of being a landscape gardener.

Feedback from the customer

We had the idea to redesign and build our garden ourselves. After 4 months of back breaking work to make a start one summer, we quickly realised that this job was bigger than the both of us and decided that we needed to call the professionals in! Left to us alone it would have taken years to complete.

LM Landscaping came recommended to us. Lewis and his team were amazing and clearly enjoy what they do; they worked in scorching temperatures for a tiring 3 weeks (there was a lot to do!) What a friendly, professional team. We were amazed at how much they achieved each day and to such a high standard. Lewis was happy to work with us and adapt to our thoughts as we went along. All the way through the project Lewis was genuinely helpful with his advice to achieve our ideas. He gave an honest account of all our options and offered practical solutions to make our wishes reality and the results were perfect! We liked that nothing was too much trouble and that the team worked hard from start to finish, especially given the extreme heat we had this Summer.

We would definitely recommend LM Landscapes to anyone wanting an extremely professional, honest and very talented Landscape Gardener.

Mr & Mrs Love
Banbury

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