Week 4 Construction Pack
Lets Build A Garden – Construction. So far – audit, inspiration, design and brief creation. Now – the construction pack. What are you actually going to need to build a garden?
Hence the construction pack:
All the things you will need for a major garden project. From topsoil, turf boards and turf. But it may be wildflower turf or a new green roof. For hard areas you may be looking at composite or treated decking and then there is the fertilizer to make it grow and the tools to make it a bit easier – gloves, secateurs, loppers, trowel, spade, garden fork, fencing and a good rake.
For watering and breaking up the soil you will need a hoe, garden hose, watering can, wheelbarrow, seeds or young plants plus the compost and mulch to give them a good start.
Then there is the soil-tilling equipment and hard landscaping materials.
For building a garden the key question is whether your project is strictly DIY or whether you are looking for some help. BALI has a directory of landscape contractors –
but if it’s just you then we have plenty of advice and support to help you whether it’s about the tools you need: –
the best way to lay turf: –
or how to attract specific wildlife species to your garden: –
What are the key issues you are likely to face?
Are you trying to reduce water runoff and increase water absorption?
Realistically – how much time can you spend looking after the garden?
When you did the audit you may have tested your soil – what sort of soil do you have, and will it allow you to plant the types of plants you want?
Does the soil need improvement?
Which plants are you going to plant?
Watering your garden