Easy hard land­scap­ing

From paths and paving to per­go­las and pa­tios, a how-to guide on gar­den lay­out

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De­sign­ing the hard land­scap­ing is of­ten the most trou­bling part of re­mod­el­ing a gar­den as mis­takes can be dif­fi­cult or ex­pen­sive to cor­rect. It is im­por­tant to think care­fully about where you want to site var­i­ous fea­tures in your gar­den and to use ma­te­ri­als that harmonise the gar­den with the house and the sur­round­ing land­scape. Use reg­is­tered ar­ti­sans or trades­men to carry out the work and get the rel­e­vant per­mis­sions from your mairie (town hall) in or­der to avoid any prob­lems in the fu­ture.

When de­cid­ing where to site fea­tures, look at the ori­en­ta­tion of the gar­den, the views and the prac­ti­cal­i­ties of the po­si­tion you chose. Con­sider whether the fea­ture needs to be close to the house or tucked away and whether you will need to run elec­tric­ity or wa­ter to them.

Be aware that light­ing can have a dis­turb­ing ef­fect on wildlife and add to light pol­lu­tion, so use it spar­ingly. Small spot­lights on spikes are an eco­nom­i­cal way of up­light­ing trees or plants with­out the need for a mor­tar foun­da­tion.

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