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Tidying up an odd-shaped area in the backyard

homeinmelbourne
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Tidying up an odd-shaped area in the backyard

This odd-shaped area in our backyard has been a tricky one to work with. We've always called it the "triangle area" because of the awkward shape of the space. One positive is that it allowed us to create a separate area away from the main backyard so it can't be seen from the living area inside the house. We plan on using this area as a potted-garden for growing plants solely in pots and containers (strawberries, japanese maple, blueberries, succulents etc.). Should we move, I'd love to bring my potted plants with me to the next place.

 

We thought we would share the progress so far:

 

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BEFORE:

 

The area was very damp and the ground was covered in moss. The previous owners used the raised garden beds to grow vegetables.

 

BEFORE: When we moved in (2021)BEFORE: When we moved in (2021)

 

Removing the raised vegetable beds and levelling/spreading out the soil:

 

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We attempted to grow grass however with frequent walking along the side and our dog's daily "zoomies", the grass never took.

 

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Planted Syzygium Resilience "Lilly Pilly" and English Box along the fence.

Bird bath is the Lotus Green Bird Bath from Bunnings.

 

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Planted up an old, rusty fire pit with succulents. We drilled holes in the steel bowl for drainage.

 

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We initially planned on having pebbles in the whole area as it is low-maintenance and the easiest solution to solving the problem of dampness, mud and weeds. However we created a larger issue for our dog who would chew on the pebbles (resulting in a chipped tooth) and he also found it uncomfortable to walk on (sadly, no more zoomies). So we went back to the drawing board and hauled out all of the pebbles from the area two days later.

 

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PLAN B: 

 

Our new plan was to create a strip of artificial turf and then a crushed granite area for the potted garden. We used the same method to create the base layer for the artificial turf as we did for the putting green project - lay bed of crushed rock, level, compact, sand, level, re-sand, lay and nail down artificial turf, spread and brush in silica sand.

 

The material we used for the triangle area is a grey crushed topping (Tynong topping) that we compacted. It is similar to the orange-coloured crushed granite that you see on walking tracks at parks.

 

Compacting the crushed rock layer:

 

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Levelled the area with sand and rolled over with a water filled barrel roller then we pinned down the artificial turf - nailing down every 150mm around the perimeter and roughly every 300mm on the inside).

 

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Spreading silica sand over the artificial turf and brushing up the grass pile.

 

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BEFORE & AFTER:

 

 

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The area is still very much a work in progress but we're happy that the dog loves running up and down the side again it's much more comfortable on his paws.

 

 

 

A few things left to do for this area:

  • Brick step for the back door
  • Source a timber garden bench
  • Trim Pittosporum trees
  • Star jasmine espalier
  • Paint fence
  • Paint fascia, gutters and roof restoration

 

Perhaps you might have a similar area in your backyard that is tucked away and shaded most of the day that you'd like to spruce up. Feel free to share how you went about tackling an odd-shaped area like this or if you have any suggestions or ideas on how we can add to this space, please let us know in the comments 😊

 

Thank you for reading! 😊

EricL
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Re: Tidying up an odd-shaped area in the backyard

Hello @homeinmelbourne

 

What a beautiful transformation and I really love that putting course you've made for yourself. I reckon side gardens and backyards should all be done this way, nice and easy to maintain and allows you to practice and to take a few strokes off your game. 

 

Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing backyard transformation.

 

Eric

 

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diy_hausdesigns
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Re: Tidying up an odd-shaped area in the backyard

Really love how you guys utilised the awkward space. The artificial grass worked out well really opening up the area. 

 

Another great job !

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Remarka6le
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Re: Tidying up an odd-shaped area in the backyard

What a massive improvement @homeinmelbourne ! What did you end up doing with all the spare pebbles you pulled up? 

 

 

Remarka6le

Re: Tidying up an odd-shaped area in the backyard

Hi @Remarka6le,

 

Thank you! The pebbles are sitting in a big pile in front of the shed. Still trying to figure out what to do with them. πŸ˜…

Re: Tidying up an odd-shaped area in the backyard

Could always use them as part of a vertical feature @homeinmelbourne , I know they look great as part of some peoples outdoor seating projects, they're also great for natural drainage as well.

 

Remarka6le
EricL
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Re: Tidying up an odd-shaped area in the backyard

Hi @homeinmelbourne

 

My suggestion is to keep the extra pebbles in a container inside your shed if possible. This will serve as top-up material whenever you notice that the level of pebbles is going down. The best part is that you know that the pebbles you'll be using will be compatible with the ones you used in your makeover.

 

Eric

 

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Re: Tidying up an odd-shaped area in the backyard

Thanks @Remarka6le, that could be quite an interesting project! Do you have any photo examples of how it could be used as part of an outdoor seating project? I'm imagining the type of vertical feature where the pebbles are contained in a sort of mesh form but I could be wrong?

Re: Tidying up an odd-shaped area in the backyard

Hi @homeinmelbourne

 

I suggest having a quick look at this discussion - Gabion wall bench seat build project @tony1982. I believe @Remarka6le was referring to something like a gabion seat. 

 

Eric

 

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Remarka6le
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Re: Tidying up an odd-shaped area in the backyard

Exactly what I was thinking of @EricL, you don't have to go too deep with the stones you use either as it's only a small interior space, so you can make some awesome walls out of the stuff. 

 

Remarka6le

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