My parents came down at the weekend to help Rob and I with a spot of gardening. Ok, more than a spot of it.
When we moved in just over a year ago the garden had clearly been neglected for a long time and was mainly a mass of overgrown weeds. We didn’t sort it out soon enough and so it was pretty unusable throughout last summer – and to make things worse, as it had been neglected for so long the neighbourhood cats got in the habit of using it as their personal mass toilet (after trying various deterrents, lion manure seemed to get to the bottom of this, by the way).
We spent one morning earlier this year de-weeding it but stopped halfway through and they all grew back again. So a few weeks ago we made a trip to the garden centre and stocked up on weed killer; it worked but it left the garden as a big pile of mud.
I don’t have the first clue about gardening so was a little daunted but didn’t want to waste our outdoor space for another summer, when it’d be lovely to sit out in the sun in the evenings. So I asked my parents if they’d come over and give us a hand sorting it out.
And together we blitzed it! My mum and I drove over out to Alfriston, East Sussex to collect a load of turf that she’d ordered in the week, while my step-dad made a start on the soil. We discovered flowerbeds on each side of the garden with a small brick partition and decided that instead of covering the whole area in turf we’d create a path. So we divided up the ground to make way for a larger flower bed on one side followed by a path leading from the steps up to the shed. We figured that as the washing line follows this same route it’d be better to have a path and save the grass from getting more worn; plus it divides up the areas nicely.
After removing the top level of soil, raking it and flattening it as much as possible we were ready to roll out the turf. My mum pulled out all the weeds and dead plants from the flower beds and planted all the new flowers and plants she’d bought and tidied it all up. I tidied up and rearranged the bricks to create a partition for the new flower bed and then we put the stepping stones in place, over the newly laid turf.
It looks so much better already!
We can’t tread on the grass too much yet as it needs to root itself and settle in, but Rob’s been watering it every morning and evening. My mum even bought fairy lights to go along the trellis next to our courtyard (below the grass area where we currently have our table and chairs) and lovely coloured bottles which serve as tealight holders.
I can’t wait till barbeque season!