Big Garden-Right mess...best way to sort!

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Found 3rd Jun
Hi everuone

I just wanted to ask what is best way to sort/neaten massive lawn that’s right pain! I basically just want to get rid of the lawn and thinking of paving/flagging etc...what is the best option? I’ve also seen gravel..is this the cheapest option? Or is artificial lawn any good!It’s quite big garden so I know will cost fair bit but just wanted to know what is the best way..thank u in adv
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Personally I would go for artificial grass rather than gravel or paving if it's a reasonable size as you will be forever trying to keep the weeds down with either of the two other options.
Get planning permission to build a house on it, sell it and move somewhere with a small garden
Artificial lawns aren’t just put down and sit back they need a proper base and weeds can still grow in them but obviously not as they would in grass and you need to look after it. Gravel is cheaper than slabs, we had gravel and replaced it with slabs. Why not get the lawn relaid, cutting it can be a bit relaxing.
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My garden is pretty big, over 15 meters long.I moved into my house about 9 years ago and the garden was about 70% concrete with a big raised pond (not functional) made of more concrete and crazy paving and raised crazy paving shrub beds. I have slowly been removing the concrete as it was horrible. It was thick too and I have removed tons of rubble from there with a pile of more still to go. My front garden was also crazy paved with raised beds. It has been horrible and hard work, but I hope that next summer I will finally have it completed and be able to sit back and relax in it with more grass and a nicer lay out.

my advice would be to just enjoy the grass and don’t destroy it because you can’t be bothered to mow it. There are some people who would love that.
If you do decide on gravel, get it from your local builder's merchant. It will be far cheaper than garden centres etc.
Stop being lazy and cut the grass once a fortnight

Problem solved
If you really can’t cut the grass get a robotic mower, it cuts the grass automatically 24/7. Usually requires a little investment of time and effort to put the guide lines in the grass (these mark the edges so the mower doesn’t go off the grass) and you’ll need some power in the garden for the charging station which the mower will automatically return to to charge.

Take a look at this for some ideas independent.co.uk/ext…tml
Edited by: "cmdr_elito" 4th Jun
I'm all for keeping your lawn, and if you came to sell I suspect grass would be preferable to more people than gravel/slabs. There are quite a lot of companies that will take care of all the moss removal, reseeding etc if you don't have the time too.
I have been thinking seriously about artificial (15m x 17m lawn) and there are drawbacks, especially as it gets older. Expect to pay the thick end of £30pm for good quality turf and then fitting on top. John Lewis looked to have a decent turf when I was in there on Saturday although I didn't spot the brand.

Next option is get someone to cut it. Call it 26 cuts at £20 a go = £520.

Another option is to change the mower you use. Do you have a roller on the current one? It makes a real difference to the finish and may give you more pride in the finished lawn.

Get a wider mower. The standard size is 15/18" but you can easily get 21/22". That leads to appreciably fewer strips

And lastly, try a self propelled mower. Not as good for you but does make a chore easier.

Don't overlook the health benefits of the exercise.

And don't for one second imagine a patio/brick/slab will be maintenance free. If nothing else, you will need 'wet and forget' every second year. Weeds get through anything and once through, it's game over. As the birds drop seeds and they sprout, so the surface gets damaged.
psychobitchfromhell6 h, 26 m ago

If you do decide on gravel, get it from your local builder's merchant. It …If you do decide on gravel, get it from your local builder's merchant. It will be far cheaper than garden centres etc.


Make sure that the gravel isn't too small or you're garden will turn into a giant litter box for all the cats in the neighbourhood
Gravel looks good initially. As it gets dirty, weeds invade and leaves get in it, you’ll regret it.
Instead get the garden all cut back. Over seed the lawn, fees it and give it 3 months. See how it looks.
Even get a lawn specialist in to do the work, see what they suggest and quote.
Don’t forget grass also sucks up water helping reduce flooding, etc.
Pay some school kid £20 to sort it out. They’ll need the money and put the effort in for repeat business and recommendations
Keep the grass,you would regret replacing it.
Get a petrol mower its fun as it has an engine and it will be done in no time.
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loumar762 h, 29 m ago

Make sure that the gravel isn't too small or you're garden will turn into …Make sure that the gravel isn't too small or you're garden will turn into a giant litter box for all the cats in the neighbourhood


i used 20mm and I certainly wouldn't do the entire garden. Grass can be a pain but I wouldn't get rid of all of it. Plants and greenery are good for the soul. I hate the imitation stuff with a passion. Even the most expensive stuff looks dreadful.
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