Update on the Front Garden

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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.

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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!

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

12 thoughts on “Update on the Front Garden”

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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