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Please can people give me some ideas of what to do with out the front of my house. I have loads of parking area, this area is just an eye sore we have already chopped loads of over grown trees/plants etc down. Oil tank can be moved and behind oil tank is septic tank. Behind it is a main road and I do like abit of privacy. Can not think of what to do with it.

Picture of ground in comments

Many thanks in advance

possy
14 days ago
What do you think of this?
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possy
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14 days ago
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RachHC
RachHC14 days ago

Would probably depend on what kind of thong you would like. A seating area up under the trees would be lovely but also a shrub/low maintenance garden would be nice

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possy
possy
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14 days ago

RachHC anything is better than what’s there

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Lynibis
Lynibis14 days ago

Pave up to the stump by the tank and then lay gravel over the rest. Pop a few shade loving plants in amongst the gravel and that would immediately improve at low cost. I assume you have a garden elsewhere as you said this is front of house? Therefore do not need it as a seating area and would not be pleasant sitting between a septic tank and oil tank!

I am also assuming you cannot build up the brickwork in foreground to allow access to said tanks, but you could scrub down and paint it.

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possy
possy
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14 days ago

Lynibis Thankyou. Yes had a huge garden at the back with patio and seating area, grass, chickens etc. Also have a large outbuilding for all our garden essentials. The trees are just massive. Would you dig it out? X

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Lynibis
Lynibis14 days ago

possy well based on a pic and it not being my land I am a bit reticent to give an opinion. Given what you said about privacy I don't think I would chop them down unless diseased but the one over the blue fronted tank (?) could do with a good prune back. I think it's call copicing and would probably need a tree surgeon which could be expensive, although the wood could be left to season for a couple of years and you would have lots of firewood.

It would be a shame to chop down trees as we need them for the sake of the environment.

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Lynibis
Lynibis14 days ago

possy just re-read your reply and not sure if you meant dig out trees. If you meant the ground it would depend on what you would put down instead. If you grass/turf it you may regret the added chore of mowing. If you gravel just make sure you line it well to stop weeds, if paved the paver will deal with all that. So much depends on budget.

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possy
possy
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14 days ago

Lynibis yes I meant dig out the ground. I just don’t know what to do for the best. Not really sure on budget either, will try and do as much as we can ourselves, have access to machinery etc x

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lilyflower
lilyflower14 days ago

possy Personally I wouldn't cut the trees down as they will act as a buffer for traffic noise and attract birds, I would however erect a trellis or similar fence (max height 2m before needing Planning Permission) from garage to oil tank, with gate/door for access and then plant a climbing plant eg honeysuckle which would smell lovely, then put a membrane down with bark mulch or as Lynibis suggested gravel and low plants.

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possy
possy
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14 days ago

I think the trees may need levelled off what do you think? Some of them are huge x

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lilyflower
lilyflower14 days ago

Maybe 'crown' them and a good prune/tidy up but still leave at a good height 20 feet ish, as they all look to be conifers and probably originally planted as a screen from the road.

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possy
possy
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14 days ago

lilyflower crown. Love that idea. Thankyou so much

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RichardDoolin
RichardDoolin14 days ago

Use it for growing herbs and spices?

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possy
possy
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14 days ago

RichardDoolin I have a green house etc around the back. But fab idea. Loving all the ideas x

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