In solving the clay problem we opted to commence our works with a comprehensive excavation and removal equating to approximately 70m3 removed and even more brought back in to reach the new levels as designed by Richard. The new soils were a blend of premium Living Earth garden mix and free-draining Waikato topsoil allowing for a rich diversity of planting and improved site drainage.
The bulk installation of fresh soils also beautifully solved our second problem by adjusting the contours of the site, forming a natural flowing landscape and removing fall hazards. We lifted the height of soil below the retaining wall and formed garden beds for soft landings around the wall and other drops. Bespoke cedar batten fences with soft close gates provide an immediate impact to all visitors, and enclose the property without removing the sense of openness.
A unique feature, the 'secret garden' was installed in the furthermost southern corner, turning previously unused space into a tactile retreat for the children. Curved gravel pathways meander down to a hidden nook where the kids jump between carefully placed stumps, and let their imagination run wild in their own native tree grove.