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What to do with this garden?

beth3735 Avatar
6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
When we moved into our house our front garden have no fences with an 8ft drop around the edge. It also had big trees and hedges which we dug up.

We replaced this with Grass and put a fence up but now our children cant play in the garden due to other peoples cats who crap in our garden and dont cover it up. Also we would like to put metal railings around the edge to make it look nicer.

Would you dig up the grass and just concrete it and lay patio tiles on? Or something else. Really want rid of the grass. We have tried those £20 cat alarms but the cats go to the side of it and it doesnt go off, We tried bottles of water, pepper! If hubby had his own way nxt thing would be an electric wire to shock the buggers.

Its not a massive garden as you can see from the picture, we just want somewhere tidy and safe for kids to play. How much do you think it would cost to get a builder in to do this? or would it be cheaper and easy enough for us to do it ourselves?

Excuse the snow in garden, its only one I have whih shows the majority of the garden.
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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#1
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e232/beth3735/untitled.jpg
#2
just slab over it if you really dont like it looks fairly flat so should be simple enough, i wouldnt change the fence tho nothing wrong with the way it is
#3
I'd pave it, it's not like the kids can play football on the grass or anything. That would get rid of the cats.
#4
Lay out using pegs and string to the finished height of the patio, ensure this height is lower then the damp proof course on the house. Then dig it down enough to add a 50mm bed of either sand or a dry mix of cement and sand. Ensure you level it away from the house (so a small gradient).
Then trowel 4-5 bits of mortar on to the base of the slab. Tap the slab with a rubber mallet then check with a spirit level in both directions and allow for the gradient. Remember to use the peg and string as a guide.

Alternatively, as it is a small area you could just put the sand or sand/cement mix and place directly on top as it is a small area.
#5
8ft drop!:?
#6
get dog.... a very big dog, cats dont dare enter our garden, our german shepherd almost gets them
#7
If thats an 8ft drop the snow is deep!


Do the cats use regular spots in the garden? If so stick in a few upturned plastic forks, when they crouch to do there business they soon go away to do it elsewhere, it worked for our cat, he now uses next doors garden instead.













(Joking about the cat using next doors, but it did stop neighbourhod cats using our front garden)
#8
GAVINLEWISHUKD
8ft drop!:?


The side to the road, My husband is 6ft and he cant see into the garden stood on the pavement, So maybe 7ft lol Not 100% as never measured, but definatly over 6ft :p either way kids only 2-3ft :)

I think I will definatly look at paving it then, Do you think it would be mega cost or around £200 mark to do it all? Im not clued up on how much these things cost :)
#9
wickedteen;8182666
get dog.... a very big dog, cats dont dare enter our garden, our german shepherd almost gets them


LOL our cat taunts the neighbours dalmation, it walks along their fence while choosing his moment then darts past the dog and gets on their shed roof, quite impressive to watch his timing and speed even more impressive when he only has three legs (not because of the dalmation though he was just born like that)
#10
harlzter
If thats an 8ft drop the snow is deep!


Do the cats use regular spots in the garden? If so stick in a few upturned plastic forks, when they crouch to do there business they soon go away to do it elsewhere, it worked for our cat, he now uses next doors garden instead.



lol Love that idea!! May use metal ones just to prove to them i mean business. Our kids love to play in the garden in summer as We live in a hilly area the back garden isnt any good for the kids as so many places they can fall at a height.
#11
this

http://i44.tinypic.com/3586zv9.jpg
#12
harlzter
LOL our cat taunts the neighbours dalmation, it walks along their fence while choosing his moment then darts past the dog and gets on their shed roof, quite impressive to watch his timing and speed even more impressive when he only has three legs (not because of the dalmation though he was just born like that)


My Mum's cats do annoying things like that. They usually sit on the top of the shed right on the edge looking at the two Staffies next door!
#13
wickedteen
get dog.... a very big dog, cats dont dare enter our garden, our german shepherd almost gets them


I would have to trade in at least 1 child to get hubby to agree to a dog :)
#14
Mallinersha
this

http://i44.tinypic.com/3586zv9.jpg


lol Fab idea!! I can then throw hubby out to live in the castle!
#15
beth3735;8182732
lol Love that idea!! May use metal ones just to prove to them i mean business. Our kids love to play in the garden in summer as We live in a hilly area the back garden isnt any good for the kids as so many places they can fall at a height.


Stick with plastic they are rigid enough to give the cat a message but if the kids fall on one they will just snap, took around two weeks then after that the cats stopped even trying the garden.

They dont try our back garden anymore as the chickens chase them off!
#16
I don't know if you've tried this one,i had gravel put on my front garden,went away for a week,came back and it was full of cat poo,bought this and only had one lot in 6 months,if you haven't tried this particular one maybe it's worth a try and cheaper than paving lol perhaps have two facing two different ways to cover all angles.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Big-Cheese-Cat-Repeller/dp/B000NR8Q1U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=garden&qid=1269346001&sr=8-1
#17
beth3735;8182742
I would have to trade in at least 1 child to get hubby to agree to a dog :)


LOL do NOT do that.














TRade hubby in instead:whistling::whistling:
#18
harlzter
LOL do NOT do that.














TRade hubby in instead:whistling::whistling:


Good thinking :) At least the dog cant answer back of stumble in from pub at stupid a'clock and wake me up :)
#19
deb8z
I don't know if you've tried this one,i had gravel put on my front garden,went away for a week,came back and it was full of cat poo,bought this and only had one lot in 6 months,if you haven't tried this particular one maybe it's worth a try and cheaper than paving lol perhaps have two facing two different ways to cover all angles.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Big-Cheese-Cat-Repeller/dp/B000NR8Q1U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=garden&qid=1269346001&sr=8-1


Debs thats the one we have out the front already, never thought of putting another in at the other end of garden, may try that for a couple of weeks :)
#20
beth3735
Debs thats the one we have out the front already, never thought of putting another in at the other end of garden, may try that for a couple of weeks :)


I'm surprised it doesn't work,a lot of my neighbours have that one and recommend it,you must have ninja like cats lol
#21
deb8z
I'm surprised it doesn't work,a lot of my neighbours have that one and recommend it,you must have ninja like cats lol


lol its stuck on a post and they mainly do it beside the thing so the sensor isnt touched, But I will put one opposite it and see how we go from there :)
#22
harlzter
Stick with plastic they are rigid enough to give the cat a message but if the kids fall on one they will just snap, took around two weeks then after that the cats stopped even trying the garden.

They dont try our back garden anymore as the chickens chase them off!


i used bamboo barbecue skewers at my old house and it worked a treat. Stuck them in the soil about 6ins apart inbetween the plants and the cats can't poop in comfort so move on.
#23
I suffer with cats using my garden as toilet (even though i've got a dog!).

I was told that you can buy plants that repel cats, Scaredy Cat is one that was recommend.
Not tried any of them yet, but I will be investing when I start tidying up the garden in a few weeks :thumbsup:

http://www.ehow.co.uk/facts_5256379_plants-used-repel-cats.html
#24
Put an extra room onto house, get a conservatory, light weight, and a great sun spot. Get rid of the snow first. Thought the kids would have made a snow man.
#25
mike07071964
Put an extra room onto house, get a conservatory, light weight, and a great sun spot. Get rid of the snow first. Thought the kids would have made a snow man.


lol they made a very lame snowman that year, got halfway through whinged then came in :)
#26
beth3735
lol its stuck on a post and they mainly do it beside the thing so the sensor isnt touched, But I will put one opposite it and see how we go from there :)


I'm not sure what you mean that it's on a post but isn't that too high,maybe that's the problem unless you mean its low down,mine is stuck into the gravel.

Also,i know it's obvious but have you checked it's working properly and the batteries aren't flat,that's the only time i had poo in my garden when one of the batteries was dead so it was barely working.
#27
Try paprika or moth balls scattered around the borders.They do not like the smell.

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