Paving, Artificial Grass & Retaining Wall

Summit Landscapes were called to this beautiful property in Great Cambourne and asked to create an entirely new rear garden. There was an existing sloped lawn, but the grass was worn out and the slope towards the house was presenting drainage problems. The client had young children who didn’t have an area they could properly play in either.

After an initial design consultation with the client, it was decided that the rear garden would be divided into two tiers: one paved at the same level as the ground floor of the house and one raised several feet with a retaining wall and surfaced with high-quality artificial grass.

90m² Paving

For the large paved area, Summit Landscapes excavated the entire area with a digger. We used soil from the dig out to create the higher tier in the rear half of the garden. We then levelled the area and compacted 75mm of crushed limestone to create a base for the paving. Summit Landscapes then laid 90m² of warm, inviting non-porous Sandstone paving stones.

Brickwork Retaining Edge with Raised Planter

After excavating and pouring a suitable concrete foundation, Summit Landscapes built a 15.5m retaining wall/planter out of blocks to hold back the top tier and 11 tonnes of top soil were brought in to fill the planter. We built three attractive, solid steps in the centre of the wall to create an entrance to the top tier. ‘Raj’ Indian Sandstone was then used to clad the entire retaining wall and planter.

80m² Synthetic Grass

For the top tier of the garden, Summit Landscapes excavated to 100mm, levelled the area and laid a geo-textile membrane to prevent subsidence and suppress weed growth. We then installed edging around the perimeter of the top tier in the same ‘Raj’ Indian Sandstone as the retaining wall. 75mm of compacted crushed granite was laid under 25mm of compacted screed sharp sand. The high-quality artificial grass was then laid over this layer and attached to the edging.

Planting

We brought our specialist Plantsman in to speak to the client about what kind of plants would look best in this type of garden, using various factors, like amount of sunshine the garden receives, and amount of maintenance needed for them, etc.
We planted a beautiful mixture of evergreen, perennial and herbaceous shrubs around the Indian Sandstone edging stones.

Front Garden

Once work was complete on the back garden, the client wanted additional, similar work done at the front of the property. Summit Landscapes excavated an extra 14m² and laid more geo-textile membrane before a compacted limestone and sand base. High-quality artificial grass was laid over this and 20m of 2-3ft Photinia ‘Red Robin’ hedging was installed in it.