An insight to the daily life of a garden design and landscaping build up on a rear garden located in Cullompton, Exeter, Devon.

Day 17


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Marking out the raised planter

Marking out the raised planter

For this particular garden design and landscaping project near Tiverton Devon, the design includes seven raised planters to the perimeter of the paving and reflection pond area. The raised planters are excatly the same size, so for acurracy, a wooden template is cut and screwed together. The thickness of the block and the black limestone with its exterior adhesive has been taken into account.

The wooden template has been marked at the centers and placed under the stringline to ensure the correct position, once correct the template is sprayed around the perimeter.

Raised planter footings

Raised planters footings

One member of the team removes the sub base material along the spray marks, stock piling the material for concrete use later.

Concrete footings for planters

Concrete footings for planter

All seven raised planter footings are concreted with the stock pile sub base, the rotating laser level is used as guidance for all seven planter concrete levels.

Blockwork raised planter

Blockwork raised planter

The raised planters are constructed from a single course of 100mm block work to the desired size and shape, again a laser is used to ensure the finish level to all planters are the same, at a later date the exterior and interior of the block planters will be clad with Marshalls black limestone using Keraquick adhesive. The coping stones will have a slight over hang and mitred on each quoin.

Walkway mainframe for composite decking

Walkway mainframe for composite deck

Landscaping works also continue to the mainframe of the composite decked walk way, note the small manhole chamber, this will be accounted for and an access point created once we deck the frame with the hidden screw system.

Laser guided timber cuts

Laser guided timber cuts

Note that all cuts are by chop saw guided by laser, this ensures a clean cut at the desired angles for the different stages throughout the landscape build.

Rendered garden feature walls

Rendered garden feature walls

The top coat render wallings are completed, I will allow for the render to dry before two coats of graphite grey masonry paint, I plan to apply the paint before the Christmas break.

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David Benson replied to Neil Darby's discussion Stihl chipper
"forgot to menshion the weight of the stihl 60-70 kg a lot to get into the back of the van "
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David Benson replied to Neil Darby's discussion Stihl chipper
"cannot answer your question directley but i had tryed a few different ones over the years not mine but the custormers own some cheep some expencive and non of them worked very well with soft leafy stuf it was mutch quicker to bag it ore put it on…"
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David Benson replied to mark thomas's discussion Speedwell
"holster is another one 
it needs treating in spring earley summer needs lawn treatment at leest 3 times a year then  regular cutting with the box on and then it might take a few years to get rid of it also you can do a repeat treatment the summer…"
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Sean Clarke replied to Andrew Betteridge's discussion Smallest chipper shredder with feed rollers?
"I've never tried one, but I hear good things about Hansa. I often hear the Greenmech chipper getting recommended, but I have to say I was never very impressed with the one I had use of, despite new blades and multiple services. I was tempted to get…"
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Dave Colton replied to mark thomas's discussion Speedwell
"Have you tried praxys with an adjuvant I have found it works very well on speedwell."
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mark thomas replied to mark thomas's discussion Speedwell
"Tried praxys and holster no results 
but just noticed mogul ?"
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Andrew Betteridge replied to Andrew Betteridge's discussion Smallest chipper shredder with feed rollers?
"The shredder I have and hasn’t been used for a long time is a Ryobi, basically you need a pile of woody branches to push conifer branches through.
Looking at the smaller Hansa machines on their website they say the machine sets up a through draft,…"
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hi has anyone had any success in controlling speedwell ?tried several products over the years with no success this season it seems to have grown rapidly on some lawns.....
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Adam Pilgrim replied to Tommy's discussion Large mower / rough cut
"All depends on your viewpoint - you mention it is a 'fixed price agreement' - without knowing your details, would say machines like Scags etc generally get charged out at around £40-£50 per hr and on regular cutting will flatten an acre very quickly…"
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Sean Clarke replied to Andrew Betteridge's discussion Smallest chipper shredder with feed rollers?
"What sort of stuff are you going to be putting through? I have a Bosch AXT25TC, which I purchased about 5 years ago and it's still going strong. It's not a professional machine, but it's coped with everything I've asked it to do. These days I find…"
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Title says it all.Around fifteen years ago I bought a fairly robust looking electric garden shredder and it just blocked up with most stuff, so I have not actually used it much. A small semi-pro machine seems desirable, but I really would not…
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John F replied to Tommy's discussion Large mower / rough cut
"Agree I was in a similar position cutting some rough grass and decided to bring my old Toro recycler out of retirement 21 inch , rusting deck , i thought use it for as long as possible as it just wasn't viable buying a new mower . 
Its still doing a…"
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Tommy replied to Tommy's discussion Large mower / rough cut
"I have some others I could use it on but not many.  The scag and ransoms stuff is too expensive to warrant buying.  Maybe just stick with what's working for now but thought it was worth asking.  Knowledge is power "
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HI all. Has anybody any experance of the Stihl GH 460 petrol shredder/chipper? Is it any good as a standalone tool & is it the same as the Viking GB 460, certainly seems to look like it?Cheers Neil
John F replied to Will Roberts's discussion Wasps
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John F replied to Tommy's discussion Large mower / rough cut
"Will investing in a bigger mower be a viable option Tommy ? 
If you can use the machine on other jobs perhaps , if it will only be used on this job ? 
Obviously the finish must already be acceptable as you are gaining more work using your existing…"

Large mower / rough cut

Hi all,I have an area of land that I cut every 2 weeks.  It's quite rough work and is more of a field than anything else.  I'm currently cutting it with a weibang virtue and using the side discharge setting.  That was fine at first but now I am…

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