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Patxi 10.04.2017 10:21

Re: Front garden refurbishment questions / ideas
 
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Originally Posted by krlock3 (Post 2770264)
Soon I will take up the flagstones, dig out the soil, lay a weed mat, put gravel on top of the weed mat to a height of up to 10cm, level it correctly and relay the flagstones.

I was thinking of using basalt splitt 2-5mm for the underlay gravel. The city is doing some renewal in our area and recently did something similar just up the road, and seemed to use gravel of about this size. Any objections?

http://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Basaltsp...8/artikel.html

That splitt is the right stuff for the flagstones. 5 - 10 cm depth. make several tallish piles of the splitt and then place your flagstone on top of it. Use a rubber mallet to whack it into position. If there is any movement of the flagstone, pull it up add some more split and repeat the above.

I imagine that the subsoil is pretty compacted already but if it isn't then you may need to work on that as well. For a new project, compacted dirt really isn't good enough. You should build up the subsoil with a mixture of crushed rock (from say 5 mm to 3 cm in size), sand and a bit of cement to lightly bind it all together. This needs to then be tamped down. I would put down first the fleece layer, the subsoil layer, splitt and then the flagstone.

The subsoil layer is probably overkill for your situation though. At the very least, spread a layer of gravel on top of your existing soil and tamp that down. then lay your fleece and the splitt can go on top of this.

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Originally Posted by krlock3 (Post 2770264)
Also, is there a special material that is commonly used here to fill the gaps between the flagstones?

It's called Pflasterfugenmortel. I've bought it at Hornbach but any of the similar shops will have it.

krlock3 10.04.2017 11:36

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Here is how it looked before, and now in progress....

Having dug it up, I discovered that the hatch from Lost is buried in my front garden!!! (Its actually an old disused oil tank) This accounts for why the old hedge was situated on a small hill of earth rather than flush with the driveway.


After I have levelled the flagstones, I will plant a a taxus baccata yew hedge where the old hedge was, and put some plants and shrubs towards the bottom of the photo. In terms of soil, is it ok to refill with universalerde, or would you strongly recommend a pflanzenerde / heckenerde ?

Either way, does the soil need some time to settle before planting things?

meloncollie 10.04.2017 11:53

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Wow - you have done amazing work. Serious respect!

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Originally Posted by krlock3 (Post 2770355)
In terms of soil, is it ok to refill with universalerde, or would you strongly recommend a pflanzenerde / heckenerde ?

I usually do a bit of both, depending on the condition of existing soil and the amount needed to fill in.

Special soil is expensive, no doubt about it. When there is a large area needing filled in to start I often buy inexpensive Universalerde (Landi has good prices) and add fertilizer to that appropriate for the plants I intend for the area. If you have compost ready to go add that in as well. I then top it off with the more expensive special soil, especially for the area where the root balls are planted.

When planting something that requires acidic soil, however, I usually go with pure Moorbeeterde. Again, Landi prices are hard to beat for the quality.

krlock3 18.04.2017 08:38

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I'll plant the yew hedge today.... I was just wondering.... I read somewhere that it's better to plant smaller plants as they establish better.... at Hornbach I have the choice between 30cm, 60cm, and 150cm taxus baccata.

The point of this hedge is to provide privacy and the 60cm plants will take a few years before I get that.... any opinion on whether the 150cm are a bad idea or should I go for it and see?

VenusC 18.04.2017 08:57

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I'll plant the yew hedge today.... I was just wondering.... I read somewhere that it's better to plant smaller plants as they establish better.... at Hornbach I have the choice between 30cm, 60cm, and 150cm taxus baccata.

The point of this hedge is to provide privacy and the 60cm plants will take a few years before I get that.... any opinion on whether the 150cm are a bad idea or should I go for it and see?

Loved the Lost simile!
Regarding the hedge: i have an unnatural fascination with the rail slipper flower beds (because we have no garden), but they are sturdy and make things look neat. I bet they would cost an arm and a leg, but they would be just perfect for 60cm plants if you are worried about them surviving replanting and insufficient height.
Dug up a pic from internet fyi... Please keep us posted.


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