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When house buying how many times do we see a garden with just grass and one or two shrubs and a basic fence? I can’t help but think a part paved part gravel with shrubs and perennials together with some light canopy small trees and at least partly hedged must be a better environmental way. Lawns are hard work too and actually if you have a small garden you might not want to have to store a mower?

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deborah eade

Agree in principle, Emily, but in the end it is easier to remove (or compost) an unwanted scrap of lawn or shrub than to get rid of unwanted hardscape - particularly as in our case it had to be carted through the Victorian terraced house!

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Rosemary Mbibi

this is my small sit out ,still trying to work on it.


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