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iandromiskin
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:44 pm    Post subject: What shape lawn should I plant ???? Reply with quote



This is my garden currently. I desoded all the original sod and plan to lay gravel or stone over most of the surface. But the portion of muck in the middle will be a new grass bed, but I'm not sure which shape this should take any more. What do people suggest.

Should I just go with a plain rectangle to match the rest of the garden or should I plant something with a curve ??? Just confused now as I've thought about it too much.

Any suggestions ?????

PS. If anyone has any suggestions on how best to trim an apple tree I'd appreciate it as the tree in the background looks like it needs a bit of pruning when the time comes. I've already cut off any branch pointing downwards, but think it needs a bit more tidying. What do you think ?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made some beds in the shape of a teardrop this summer it's quite a nice shape.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi ian
looking at the area i would say an oval lawn would look great giving you a lot of room for planting.
with regard to the apple tree there is a very good post on the pruning of them in the fruit section i think.
good luck with the garden let us see a pic when its sorted.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been messing on photoshop.

Rectangular design -

Oval design -

Quite taken by the rectangular design. I must lay it out on the ground and see what it looks like in real life.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with forest flame its oval all the way for me iandromiskin. it relieves the already rectangular shape created by the site walls. Or you could expand on Foxylocks teardrop and create a figure 8 lawn altogether.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i like the oval,but if you want to try it out,i found this site when searching for gardn designs,
http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/design/
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I prefer the rectangular shape too iandromiskin. All your other lines seem to be straight and as your space seems quite small I'd hesitate to introduce a different shape. However, I would strive to soften all the straight lines with exuberant planting.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Garlicbreath wrote:
I would strive to soften all the straight lines with exuberant planting.


Thats the plan all right. I built the raised beds for planting (obviously) but also I can plant at the edges to have a sort of double planting affect (not too much though) that will also serve to soften the sharp lines when the plants are mature.

I'm not so keen on the oval as, as you say, it introduces a different shape that looks a bit fussy to the eye. I have to say that I prefer the rectangle as it conforms to the overall linear look. I intend to lay it out on the ground and see what it looks like .. when it stops raining.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Rectangular" suits your ethos.

Although something at the back of my mind tells me something is needed to lift it.

By the way, it won't rain for a week, from tomorrow, Wednesday the 9th to at least Wednesday the 16th. Beyond that, I don't know.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kindredspirit wrote:

By the way, it won't rain for a week, from tomorrow, Wednesday the 9th to at least Wednesday the 16th. Beyond that, I don't know.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went with the rectangular shape by the way. About half way through it so long as the weather holds.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have till at least the weekend on the weather front I am "reliably" informed.
Hope it comes up well for you iandromiskin. Smile

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