Update on the Front Garden


Some readers will recall that back at the start of the year I decided to do away with the front lawn. Since then I have been a busy bee and with the help of my sons the transformation is nearly completed.

The pile of bricks isn’t an art installation but the start of the path that we have been working on this weekend.


My eldest has been a star and spent the morning digging a trench for the bricks to lay in and he managed to get the bricks for 25p each which has made a huge difference to the cost and allowed us to be more generous in the number used.  The next step is to cement them in place and then to put gravel down on the path.  I intend to use the same gravel as the driveway so it blends together.

From being embarrassed by my front garden I now love it – as my son says it is now a proper garden rather than a small lawn with some plants around it!

12 Comments on “Update on the Front Garden

  1. Well done, Helen! I like those angled bricks, and love the sound of walking on a gravel path. When he’s done, send your son over, as I have a few things that need doing here, too.

    • Hi Helen
      He says he is happy to pop over if you pay the flights!

  2. Looking good, Helen. You’re inspiring me to think about my front lawn and the exciting alternatives.

    • Hi Joe
      Go for it, very liberating

  3. That’s smashing, especially being able to get bricks (pre-loved, or as spares?) so cheap. We’re hoping to reuse existing bricks from elsewhere in the garden for one of our retaining walls when we terrace: it’ll hopefully eventually be covered in ferns and pennywort/toadflax, so we don’t even mind if they’re rough-looking.

  4. It is going to be a great success. Although based on my family’s experience, you might want not to cement in the bricks. In the past thirty years my mother has moved the paths in their garden four or five times!

  5. That’s brilliant Helen – what a transformation! No wonder you are thrilled – and well done to No 1 son!

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