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 Add yours

  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.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

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

  2. zoobeefoo says:

    I’ll say it’s a proper garden!

  3. Joe says:

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

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Joe
      Go for it, very liberating

  4. rusty duck says:

    It looks marvellous, a total transformation!

  5. Ogee says:

    It looks beautiful!

  6. Great work, Helen. I like the wide arc of the path, looks just right.

  7. jpstacey says:

    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.

  8. 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!

  9. Cathy says:

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

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