Patio with Purple Slate in Landscaping Poles
Category: Driveways, Patio, Paving, & Walls
Garden Design Project: DWSBAG001
This garden landscaping project was for a 'New Build House' that had been left by the builders in the usual state - 'rough and ready'.
The home owner wanted a design of low maintenance, practical and relaxing.
Originally there was a small paved area by the entrance to the house - patio doors - which leads to the garage door via a path of paving slabs.
After discussing various ideas on what to do with the soil and weeds left by the builders, it was agreed that a patio area at the bottom of the slope with steps for access along one side, adjacent to a fence, was the best use of space.
The new patio area was increased as the builders had left enough paving slabs to do so.
Due to the sharp slope of the garden, a middle tier was created and where the soil was placed against the fence, it was protected from damp by using plastic liner.
The garden was bordered by 6 ft fence and brick wall/roof of the neighbour's garage.
The first job - remove weeds, mark out the area for the patio, dig out the soil and remove from site.
The steps and walkway areas were covered in chippings, with the remainder of the middle tier in contrasting chippings.
2 bay trees in pots brought from the customer's previous property were planted in the middle tier and clematis was placed on the fence by the existing paving.
These were the only plants required at the time but more may be added with the use of pots over time.
The steps now go down the slope along the side fence and are the full width from the end of slab to the fence.
The tiers were created by using landscaping poles as retaining walls and steps.
Paving slabs were chosen as a colour to complement the existing patio at the top of the garden.
Chippings were laid over a weed protection membrane, which was secured in place with pegs - in this case the steps were prepared and chippings laid at same time.
Chippings for the new pathway are Newbury Golden Flint 20mm.
The middle tier was covered with purple slate, a complete contrast in colour from the slabs and chippings. A new position for the washing line and the clematis planted on the far fence with trellis for support.
Note - the slate is not suitable for walkways, due to the sharper edges and more uneven surface created.
Landscaping poles are backed by fencing posts and plastic was fastened to the backs before infilling the soil protecting timber from the damp.
The cut ends of the timber were painted with the landscaping poles being fixed first followed by the laying of the paving slabs in the normal way.
As space was available steps were made large for plenty of foot room with each step drop being even.
Once the steps were prepared the middle tier was levelled and ground evened out where the existing paving was extended.
Submitted By: Brian Archer