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 Creating Your Garden Boundaries.

Garden Walls

        An old garden wall is a double  blessing it makes a handsome boundary and can double as a garden rockery as well.   
      To block on unsightly view, create shelter from a prevailing wind, or simply preserve your privacy - there are many reasons for enclosing a garden, and many ways of doing it. Whichever methods or materials you choose, you can find an attractive way of protecting your garden sanctuary from the outside world.

 
Consider the options: How high can you go? Any wall or fence that is built or extended over two metres high will need planning permission from the local council. There may also be restrictions on height in the deeds to your house or in the local authority or highway regulations. Always check thoroughly before starting to build any walls or fences.
The height of a gateway looks best if it is similar to that of the fence or wall. It extends the 'line' you have created, giving an impression of harmony.
 
Whose responsibility?: If the supporting posts or wall piers are on your side, then the fence or wall probably belongs to you. If you are unsure, check the title deeds and plans of your property - a 'T' mark indicates that the fence or wall is owned by the person upon whose property the 'T' is shown. A 'TT' means that the boundary is shared. Title deeds or local regulations may oblige owners to keep boundaries in good repair, but otherwise there is no onus on you to repair a fence or wall: just neighbourly courtesy.
Recycling is best: Stone walls are not cheap to build. To keep costs down, it is worth looking around for quantities of old stones in local salvage yards.
Ugly Wall.
           
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An ugly concrete wall covered with climbing plants.
 
Lay the foundations: You will need to make a concrete footing for all walls, and this should be two or three times the width of your wall. About 40cm is deep enough for a simple, low wall. Put a layer of hardcore into a level trench, fill in with concrete and leave it to set for a couple of days.

Creating a raised brick flower bed.
             In gardens that are flat and feature less, raise beds add an extra dimension. They can also be a boon to gardeners who find it difficult to bend to ground level to tend their plants. The good drainage raised beds can offer is an added bonus, particularly if you want to grow plants such as alpines that require well drained conditions.
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  • Mark out the area and calculate the number of bricks you need. Lay the first course on a thin layer of mortar spread on top of paving.
laying the second level of a raised garden bed
  • When you lay the second course, place the corner  brick endways on, to make at strong bond.
 
Leveling-Raised-Garden-Flower-Bed
  • With a spirit level, check that the bricks are laid flat and adjust the thickness of the mortar if required. Leave gaps for-drainage at intervals.
 
Raised-Garden-Flower-Bed- Finishing off
  • Lay the top bricks upside down for a neat finish. Allow the mortar to set, then fill with a drainage layer and Good quality, free draining soil.
 


 
 
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