AP Garden Services, landscaping services creating contemporary gardens in Somerset.
Andrew from AP Garden Services in Wells, Somerset was contracted by Mr & Mrs B to help landscape their garden in Somerset into contemporary modern one. They had large sandstone patio area which had been built by the builder. The rest of the garden was a slope, which was laid to rough lawn. They were also looking for a modern garden, which would allow them from the top of the garden reach beautiful Somerset levels views.
The benefits of creating terraces by landscaping:
- To create several layers in your garden.
- The terraces are also a great way to grow a variety of plants and vegetables without the worry of having all your hard work simply wash away.
- To prevent erosion by shortening the long slope into a series of shorter, more level steps. This allows heavy rains to soak into the soil rather than run off and cause erosion and maybe even cause moss to grow in your lawn and flower beds.
- To deal with unusable space and allowing you to access all the parts of your garden. Even if you don’t have a steep hill in your garden, landscaping in several smaller terraces can generate enough height differences to play with different shapes, colours, and sizes of plants off of each other in ways you wouldn’t ordinarily get to do. While traditionally terraced gardens were used to grow food crops, terraced gardens also work well for ornamental plants and flowers.
- Terraced gardens are accessibly. They can be built to the right height and offer easier access than working on a sloping block.
- Terraced gardens reduce run-off velocity due to their configuration. Terraces reduce the risk of rock and mud slides and can make your garden and home safer.
I landscaped the garden using treated new timber sleepers which were put in vertically. This allowed putting in curved retaining walls in the terraces. This also allowed me to reuse the soil from the middle of the garden to the top of the garden. This was an sustainable way to reuse the material and also reduce the cost as the soil did not have to be removed from the site. I then installed a path which run from the original main patio through the garden using steps between the different terraces. I created the paths with brick edging and Cotswold hogging which is a self binding gravel. The benefits of using self-binding gravel is that it does not move like ordinary loose gravel, they are fine textured and have clay particles mixed with the gravel. It is also a very hard wearing and not a very expensive way to build foot paths.
I also turfed the middle section of the garden into new lawn with other existing area landscaped into terraces which contained flower beds. The newly contemporary landscaped garden provided beautiful views of the stunning Somerset. The customers were clearly very pleased with the end result.