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Hard Landscaping & Small Spaces

pebble and paving...

The key to landscaping small spaces is that the final result, when complete, gives the feel of a brighter, airy & open space. It is to give the eye more than a ‘oh that’s nice’ and a walk on effect. It is to give, even in the smallest of spaces, a visual journey.

The second key is that it is contains the functional aspects and also with that in mind that aesthetically the finished garden style suits. In the case above a front garden with an allowance for an extra car parking space was to be given, without making the garden stand out for the wrong reason. It may not win awards – but it doesn’t look out of place for the wrong reason and also [very important] it fitted the clients budget.

We could have hard surfaced the entire front garden… but there are considerations however with regard to being a little greener; specifically with regard to paving and moreso with regard to front gardens. [This has recently been written about by Ros Drinkwater in the Sunday Business Post.] But, consideration to this really should be given anyway. The answer is possibly to do a mix of the the two and/ or to just go without the hardened surface. That aside – a concrete jungle, simply put, would have looked wrong.

Of course the alternate is a mix of the two. This allows for the drainage of water within that area, assuming that the preparations beneath allow for the dissipation of water through it. In the case above it also allowed that the dark pavings were given a little something to brighten up what could have become a very dark space. For that reason a bright gold pebble was used.

This does not mean of course that no one hardened surface can be given. it is simply a solution to low maintenance gardens and gardening; to small garden designs; to poor draining gardens and at the same time considering the environment. It is a possible alternate solution to hardened surfaces.

too much rain – water is precious

water is precious

water is precious

Apart from this being a really cool picture, the message is also superbly important.

What you do [?] and *your* role with *your* environment is of major importance. The taptips website is good and did make me think if I was doing enough. I already have my waterbutts, but can I do more….? The climate change website suggests so…. ?

The uk assembly wrote an amazing document [click here] titled: crazy paving – the environmental importance of londons front gardens. From that here is the opening paragraph.

if an area of greenspace in London the size of 22 hyde parks were to be concreted over there would, quite rightly, be a huge public outcry. But when the lost greenspace in question is made up of front gardens rather than parkland, we have let this happen with barely a murmor. Our research suggest that around two thirds of Londons front gardens are now either partially or wholely covered in an assortment, paving, bricks, concrete and other hard surfacing. Much of this is to create off-street parking space, but the convenience and the desire to create minimalist gardens fuelled by endless TV makeover shows have also played a role.

too mch rain in ireland

too much rain in ireland

Fair point really. And here is where our role starts. Energy saving light bulbs to your hearts content… but until the landscaping industry in it’s entirety start – right at the very start – with *our* homes, then little will give.

This was one of the pictures on Ricks website and although rainfall was unusually higher.. we can do our [not so difficult] bit to help.

From planting a tree, to pebble as a driveway instead of concrete; pebble instead of paving and using recycled timber instead of imported ‘decking’. The list i’m sure is endless, although quite logic and simple. The question is I suppose ‘what one change will you make?’