Round you go

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Addvalue -

In­tro­duc­ing a cir­cu­lar lawn is a clever way to get a new look, and no ad­di­tional turf is re­quired – it’s carved out of your ex­ist­ing lawn. Gar­den beds around the edge al­low space for new plantings and fea­ture pots – this will soften and green your scene.

WORK THE CIR­CLE Gather your sup­plies Set-out paint Turf cut­ter (hired) Haven­brick pavers in Char­coal (200 x 100 x 50mm) Con­crete step­ping stones Fea­ture pots and plants (op­tional) Gar­den bench

You’ll also need Stake; tape mea­sure; string; shovel; brickie’s sand; grey ce­ment; wheel­bar­row; trowel; spirit level; rub­ber mal­let; fork; gar­den soil mix; bark mulch

Here’s how STEP 1 Us­ing tape mea­sure, lo­cate cen­tre point of lawn then mark with a stake.

STEP 2 At­tach a length of string to stake, equal to ra­dius of cir­cle you want to cre­ate. Tie other end to set-out paint can. Pull string taut and mark perime­ter of cir­cle.

STEP 3 Us­ing turf cut­ter, break up re­main­ing area of lawn out­side main cir­cle. Use a shovel to lift and re­move bro­ken turf. Tip

Use re­moved pieces of turf to patch any bare spots in your lawn, ei­ther here or in other lo­ca­tions, front or back.

STEP 4 Dig a trench around edge of lawn cir­cle wide enough to ac­com­mo­date a bor­der of pavers. Make trench deep enough to ac­com­mo­date height of pavers plus a 50mm mor­tar bed.

STEP 5 Make up mor­tar mix by blend­ing 4 parts brickie’s sand with 1 part grey ce­ment in a wheel­bar­row. Slowly add wa­ter un­til a stiff mix­ture forms. Us­ing trowel, spread a bed of mor­tar, 50mm deep, in base of trench and com­mence lay­ing pavers. Work in sections, cover­ing about 2m at a time.

STEP 6 Af­ter lay­ing each sec­tion of pavers, check they are level and ad­just as nec­es­sary us­ing mal­let to tap into place. When cir­cle is com­plete, haunch edges with mor­tar mix, spread­ing at 45° an­gle with trowel.

STEP 7 To con­nect cir­cu­lar lawn to drive­way, cre­ate a path­way of step­ping stones. First ex­ca­vate soil then dry-lay stones, mov­ing them around un­til you’re happy with their place­ment.

STEP 8 To set step­ping stones in place, wet base then sit on a 50mm bed of mor­tar. Al­low to set.

STEP 9 Fork over sur­round­ing soil ar­eas to loosen sur­face then spread gar­den soil mix on top and rake to level.

STEP 10 If in­clud­ing fea­ture pots in your de­sign, put in place. Check they are level be­fore plant­ing up.

STEP 11 Plant out gar­den beds and fin­ish with a layer of mulch. Po­si­tion your bench.

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