Garden Design: Hiding a Wall and Ugly Floor on a Shoestring
How to Hide an Ugly Wall in one Weekend
I couldn't pass the opportunity to tell you about what my husband and I are doing in our back garden right now. We're trying to make it more attractive and this weekend we covered a very ugly wall, quickly, easily and cheaply.
We actually bought the ugliest house in the neighborhood, I kid you not! That's what the estate agent told us, and that's just exactly what we thought too! The house needed a lot of work but it was exactly what we needed and in the right location, and more importantly what we could afford!
Let me apologize in advance because most of the images you'll see in the this lens are very ugly!! But it is a bit of a before and after lens, it gets better as you scroll down, and it ends with a real beauty!
Here's the Yard in all its Glory
A Very Small Budget for the Garden
Along with our ugly house came the ugliest garden in the world. Our garden is a massive challenge because we have to improve it a lot, with as little money as possible.
We are going to rely on friends and neighbours to donate plants and a few bits and bobs, but the hard work is down to us. We can't afford to employ designers, we have to use our own creativity and ingenuity! Some of our lovely friends have already given us some plants and pots, and we have ideas to recycle all sorts of things, but we still have a very long way to go.
We also need expert advice so that's why I have decided to bare all on this Hub! I know that you guys will be able to help me with all sorts of things.
Even though it's ugly, we have a couple of things that make it a bit easier - it's south facing, so it's a sunny garden, and it's divided up into 4 areas, so we can make different 'rooms'. Our plan is to have an area with a lawn and fruit trees to provide shade, and small vegetable patches. One area is for a shed where my son can store his toys, and have space outside too. The third area is to the side of the house, so we'll have lots of pots and erect a pergola there. And the hardest area is right outside our back doors, which is the space we have the most problem with.
Here's What we did - It was so Simple
The walls were so bad that we needed to do something quickly because we just couldn't stand the sight of them any longer. The texture of the wall was so awful it is made of large breeze blocks, and at the very back of the garden we faced the back of some garages! All concrete slabs!
We thought that fast growing creeping plants like a Mile a Minute would work, but we didn't have the patience to wait even one summer for it to grow. And anyway what would we do in the winter when it died back? We'd be back to staring at a seriously ugly wall. So we decided that we had to cover it with something before we planted the creepers.
We thought of painting it but our neighbours have tried that and it looks terrible, because the paint does not disguise the texture of the bricks. Also, they chose baby blue, which does not look very nice at all! ( in our opinion that is! ) I don't suppose they'll be joining Squidoo any time soon!!
So we visited our local garden centers and went online and found something called split bamboo screen, and that's what we settled on.
We have had it on the back wall for nearly 2 years and it's been fantastic. It is very hard wearing and, although it won't last forever (nothing does in the garden anyway), it will last for a few years and therefore it is ideal for our needs.
I love the fact that it is made of organic material, because I want my garden to be as natural looking a possible.
There are quite a few different lengths and heights on Amazon so you'll have to measure your wall before you buy. However you can cut them down if you need to. We had to cut ours to a certain height, which was a bit of a pain, and a two person job, but it worked well and we did it with an ordinary saw.
If you click on the image you'll be taken to Amazon.com where there are others to browse.
First we measured the length and height of the wall we wanted to cover and ordered it online.
We worked out how we would attach it to the wall, which wasn't difficult and went remarkably smoothly.
It took us about 2 hours to erect the screen once all the cutting had been done. We used:
- an electric drill
- Heavy duty gardener's wire
Our nifty technique
We worked our way round the wall drilling a hole and putting in a screw with a raw plug to hold it in place. Then we tied the wire round the screw and fed it through the gaps in the bamboo screen securing it with a knot. We then pushed the ends behind the screen so you couldn't see any messy ties. We did alternate top and bottom and we spaced them about a foot apart.
This is exactly how we put the screen up at the back of the garden which was very big and tall. It was easy.
By Sunday afternoon we had achieved this look. We are delighted with it. And the whole thing cost less than £80!
The pots along the wall will grow and we're going to grow strawberries there too.
The fruits of our labour!
Next we Tackled the Floor
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When in Doubt Deck it Out!
After hours of deliberation, we decided to buy decking to cover the ugly floor. Somebody, in their wisdom, decided to pour concrete over the whole area, and now it has all broken up with the cold and passing of time.
We went online and ordered the correct size of decking for ourspace. WE waited for a sale and we got it for half the RRP. Which was a bonus. But we still spent around £500.
The result was worth it though, and we learned how to lay decking, which is a very handy life skill. Tackling the job ourselves saved us a lot of money, so we feel very proud of our achievement.
Laying the Decking :The Various Stages
Tools we used
If you scroll back to the top of the Hub, you'll be able to compare the garden.
I think you'll agree that we have made an enormous difference to that space. Now we can put a table and chairs out and eat al fresco in the summer -how lovely.
What an immense sense of achievement.
Here's the Garden Bathed in Sunlight
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© 2014 Giovanna