Building a dry-stone wall

Do you often dream of mountains and rock gardens, while your own garden looks like a plain sheet of paper? If so, then maybe you should consider erecting a dry stone wall by yourself. All you will need for such an undertaking are some stones of various sizes, either natural or dressed, gravel and planting soil for the rock garden plants.

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Paths and driveways around the house

The process for constructing paths, driveways and patios around the house is a little more complicated. For this purpose, a bedding layer of dry concrete mix instead of sand is used, and the gaps between pavers are jointed with sand or dry concrete. You will also need an edging either side of the paved area to hold the pavers in place. A vibrating plate compactor is often used to firm down the bedding layer and the paving blocks.

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After the builders have gone

The suburbs are expanding, with new properties mushrooming all over the place. After construction work has been finished, the builders will only clear up the site and level off the ground, at most. So it is down to the new owners to face the challenge of tidying up and planting the plot. Some new home owners are lucky enough to buy a new property with lawn and several trees installed; however, their joy is often short-lived.

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Garden paths


Garden paths are usually meant for walking alone, and therefore they do not need to be any wider that 0.5-1 metre. A wider path, leading to a garden arbour or a playground, should be at least 1.2 to 1.5 metre wide, although additional 20 cm would be useful. Depending on the paving materials you will be using, a foundation trench to the depth of 25-40 cm and an appropriate width must be dug first.

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