Portfolio: Garden Makeover for Rental House

A complete makeover of a very tired and dated garden.

This client wanted a complete makeover of an overgrown dated garden to add to the rental value of the house.

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The brief

To strip out the existing overgrown garden which contained a considerable number of large shrubs, climbers trees well past their maturity.  The brief was to make the garden much more simpler to maintain for the tenants to keep up.  This garden was more about taking out than putting in.  

Design Solution

To begin with we hand dug out three barrow full of a viburnum root-stock that was the remnants of an old tree. These were coming up in the existing lawn which was in very bad repair.  Then we set to and dug out a island bed including several trees and a pond. Then we took down many overgrown climbers and cut back everything we were going to keep.  This work filled two very large skips.  We then took up the old patio and designed a new one which was more sympathetic to the house.  Then we put in new borders with perennials and a few more shrubs to give variety in colour and season. Finally we laid a new lawn.  The client was very pleased with the result and the garden is now much easier to maintain.


The Details

SizeBack Garden 12m x 10m
AspectBack Garden faces SE
Soil7.5 PH
Project commencedFebruary 2014
Project completedApril 2014
ContractorSweet P garden design, survey, clearance, design, build and plant. Complete job.

The Costs

Design feeSurvey, Design, Makeover & Planting £3000
Planting Costs New Plants and Lawn £1000