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Blank canvas, large semi rural site

Blank canvas, large semi rural site

We have a blank canvas site around new build house. Site is 50m wide by 80 m long. We don't want to cultivate back 30m at all (for now). Would you advise irregular shelter belt tree planting to section it off or go for a beech/hornbeam hedge right across 50m? I'd prefer general low maintenance mixed rural planting and then put efforts into vegetables growing, small borders etc. Would irregular tree planting provide enough of a boundary? In general I think many people struggle with large sites and planning for future maintenance on the gardener's, not the garden's terms! ed2017, , Co Galway Posted: 28/06/2017

MIxed tree planting is fine where there is an area to be filled, but a bit tall for sectioning space, as the trees and their roots use it up. A fence or hedge might be a better bet for the purpose.

  Rotavated back garden

Rotavated back garden

Im completely new to this we moved into new house recently and let back garden get overrun with weeds...they were about 2 foot high..i have strimmed the whole thing and then rotavated it twice...what do i do next should i spray with weedkiller...a friend of mine told me i should lay grass seed and then lay weed and feed?? To kill the weeds and feed the grass?? Petenewgarden, Limerick, Co Limerick Posted: 18/08/2016

Read a bit about garden design,  such as: http://www.garden.ie/gardendesign.aspx

Then mark out beds and lawn area.

in the lawn area, let the soil settle or trample it firm to avoid uneven subsidence later. Then sow grass seed and plant up the borders.

For lawn area:  http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=327

for borders:  http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=302



Creating a wild area for kids

I was thinking of creating a wild play area for kids in the garden (about 5m X 30m); maybe put a climbing frame one end, add some hills and leave it to go wild. I'm wondering however if it will need to be maintained at some stages, cut back etc, to prevent unwanted rodents from making their homes (i.e. so needing tractor access). Is my plan to put play area and wild area together a little naive? I'm imagining Little House on the Prarie with Laura Ingles running through long grass - not an area with rotten grass overrun with rats. Can it be done? notgreenfingers, Urlingford, Co Kilkenny Posted: 23/06/2011


It is certainly possible to provide a natural play area, many gardens approximate to this already.

Make a simple map. Select the features you want and then place them on the map to see how they will relate to each other.

A key aspect to keep in mind is access, so that some central area and paths are defined and these can be roughed in on that map. These areas need to be kept clear by mowing or strimming occasionally. Have a little sit-down area for picnics. 

The rest can be left ot go a bit more wild with plenty of trees and shrubs, bird boxes. logpile and other features to encourage wildlife. Lots of trees and shrubs offer hiding places, and mysterious corner to explore.

Do not worry, it will not atracts rodents if there is no food scraps or waste left lying about. 



Kilmacurragh guided tours

Are there plants and shrubs for sale at this venue? ANGIE, ROUNDWOOD, Co Wicklow Posted: 19/05/2011


Not that we know of, but check with: http://www.garden.ie/garden.aspx?id=510

It is a very beautiful place with exceptional trees.


Garden Design

I am a beginner gardner and was wondering if you could recommend some good garden design books or web sites. I have a large spread out garden and I don't know where to start. Maryjack, Boyle, Co Roscommon Posted: 14/05/2009


We have quite a lot on garden design in Garden design in our Know-how section: http://www.garden.ie/gardendesign.aspx

and our easy-care section is worth considering too.



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