I’m so excited to share the second part of our garden project with you all! This has got to be the biggest project we’ve ever taken on and considering I have no green fingers at all it has been one heck of a challenge to say the least!
So we ended the last post with finished grey fence panels and a were ready to build flower bed walls.
We started by digging small trenches around the edge of the garden for the mini flowerbed walls.
We then used planks of wood held in place by stakes to mark out the width of the walls. Then put a small layer of cement in the bottom to create a base.
Tip: Before I forget, we painted lubricant on to the insides of the wood planks to stop the cement sticking to it, so we could pull them away once set.
Lubricant – Link
We then placed breeze blocks all the way along on to the wet cement.
Then filled over with concrete and left to set.
Concrete – Link
As the weather had been playing up (when does it not though right?!) we covered the walls over with plastic bags to protect them until they set fully.
After 3 days it was time to pull the wood away and hope that the walls had set fully! The majority went well enough but we had to go over it with a thin layer of more cement to smooth over.
We then set to work on the inside walls – these wouldn’t have a fence to support them on one side so we used a metal frame to support it.
Metal Frame – Link
Mr R cut the long strips to create posts and a border all the way around and staked them in to the ground.
He tied string around the border to get the line straight and used a spirit level to get the levels right.
We then followed the same steps of putting wood planks in front and breeze blocks on top of a layer of concrete.
We then added a wood plank to the back and filled with concrete again, then left to set for 3 days.
On the corners we used brackets to hold the planks in place while pouring the cement.
Brackets – Link
This is the basic outline drying out – we measured the widest point we would have to leave around the trees at the back, then left the same distance all the way around to give an even finish.
Again we rendered over the top with a thin layer of cement to the top and front of the walls to fix any gaps.
Cement – Link
I’m going to skip a few steps here as I’ve written a whole post just about how to install artificial grass (otherwise this post is going to have about 60 photos haha!).
Tip: we used a damp sponge to smooth the wet cement on the top and front, this helped make it smooth easier.
We painted a layer of water seals on the dry walls to protect them long-term.
Water seal – Link
Then set to work painting them! (We still have to finish painting the back walls but you get the idea!)
Definitely recommend this Johnstone’s masonry paint, it went on really nicely and with great coverage. It also has a 10 year lifetime so should hold up as long as the grass, if not more! One tub will do all of our flower bed walls.
Find at stocklist at: Johnstone’s Paint
or buy here – Link
Just changing the walls to white made such a difference! I love the clean modern look of white!
So we ended up at this stage last night ready for Grosvenor Grass to arrive today!
Again, I’ve skipped the grass laying steps here which are covered in an Artificial Grass laying post – here!
But just how AMAZING does our artificial grass look? I can’t recommend Grosvenor Grass enough, I’ve been singing their praises non-stop for hours now, their service is outstanding, their Fiji grass in particular is the best I’ve ever seen and their attention to detail makes all the difference! RACKLEY10 will get you 10% off their Fiji range too!
That’s how much we’ve done so far and how’s that for a mid-way before and after!! It doesn’t even look like the same garden anymore – bring on the rest!!
See my post on how to install artificial grass from scratch HERE.
Lots of love