Friday, 9 February 2018

Slate patio, black slate walling and golden quartzite gravel drive in Storrington

In October 2017 our client contacted us with an enquiry to construct a gated side entrance with a gravel 'driveway' for occasional use for garden machinery and some walling, steps and paving. 

Aye and I (Susan) attended for a site visit after receiving an idea of the brief from the client.
We discussed our client's ideas for the area. He had had some work done previously with a slate patio but wanted to extend the patio out.

We priced up the work and our clients went ahead and booked the work to start at the end of January 2018.

Here is how the job progressed...

turf cutting
Using a turf cutter to take up the lawn where we are paving- client wanted to use the turf elsewhere on site

driveway preparation
This area was a sloped area. We started to level off the area for the drive. 

Type 1 mot being put down
Getting the base ready for the new paving
Brazilian Slate
Laying the Brazilian slate

Installing the granite sett edging
Installing the granite sett edging
slate paving
Extension of the slate patio complete
Black slate walling retaining the side of the patio and decreasing towards the gates.
Constructing the black slate walling
Constructing the black slate walling

The view over the patio. This bed will look amazing once planted up. 

Steps up to the patio
Steps up to the patio
Gravel grid driveway
Gravel is in! Installed onto grids
slate steps
Paved steps

Slate wall and gravel driveway
Close up of the gravel and wall
slate paving
Looking across the patio

The completed project...

The view from the project was just beautiful! 

Slate patio
The slate patio. The client will do a second phase of landscaping which will
involve a raised bed in the centre of the square lawn between paving. They will also look to extend the paths on the right hand side.

Slate patio and gravel drive
The gravel drive down the side for occasional garden machinery

Another view of the drive, patio and slate walling

black slate walling
The black slate walling

slate patio
Looking across the patio down to the drive

The steps up to the main patio. The left side is going to be landscaping during stage 2 of the works
Our client is going to have the left side of the garden (when looking out to the garden) landscaped in the next stage of the works. They plan to have a raised planter in between the two parts of the patio and they can't wait for the warmer weather to get started with planting out the borders!

You can see more of our work in the following places: 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Grey Indian sandstone patio and brick retaining walls in Cranleigh

Back at the start of 2017 we undertook a garden makeover for a client in Crawley. We were approached by Garden Designer Cherry Mills who designed the side garden transforming a sloping grassy area into a usable patio space with retaining walls and kandla grey paving.

Here is a reminder for those who haven't seen it:

Before photo landscaping Cranleigh
Before front/side garden photo

Design and progress of landscaping in Cranleigh
The design and start of progress

Warm, sunny patio area
Aerial view of the garden 

Kandla grey Indian sandstone patio
Another aerial shot of the patio

Warm, sunny patio area
Warm, sunny patio area

Kandla grey Indian Sandstone patio
Kandla grey Indian Sandstone patio

Shortly after we completed the project the clients asked us if we could quote to refresh their back garden and side path in line with what they had in the side garden. This would involve taking out rotten wooden retaining walls and replacing with brick walls and replacing the paving with kandla grey paving. We also had to add in drainage.

We booked the project into January 2018, at the request of the client and here is how the project evolved....
Before photo - the old patio and old wooden retaining walls
Before photo - the old patio and old wooden retaining walls

Old wooden steps
The old steps- they were too steep and the tread was not deep enough

Before photo side path
Before photo of side path

Taking down the old steps and walls
Taking down the old steps and walls

Building the back of the walls with blocks
Building the back of the walls with blocks

Laying the Kandla grey Indian sandstone
Laying the Kandla grey Indian sandstone, walls nearly complete

Little birds taps on the weep holes of the wall
The client wanted us to install these little bird taps in the weep holes

Aerial shot of complete patio
Aerial shot of complete patio

Kandla grey Indian sandstone steps
Kandla grey Indian sandstone steps

grey Indian sandstone steps
Another photo of the steps

Indian sandstone patio
The view across the new patio, linear drainage was added in around the whole patio area

grey sandstone side path
This part of the garden is round the side of the house

grey sandstone patio
New brick retaining walls, drainage, new wider tread steps and new patio. We pointed the patio with GFTK resin pointing. 
In the photos above the paving is wet so it is showing all the blue/grey tones. When it is dry it has soft mellow grey tones. 

We are really pleased with the project and transformation and so is our client. It has been great to transform both gardens for our client. Here's hoping for a lovely summer so they can enjoy it with their family and friends. 

You can see more of our work in the following places: 

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Ayegardening is an APL Awards 2018 finalist

November 2017

Ayegardening is an APL Awards 2018 finalist

Ayegardening Ltd, has been shortlisted for the APL Awards 2018!

Ayegardening are a finalist!

The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, takes place on Friday 16 March 2018 at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL.

Ayegardening's project, Lyndhurst, is in the running for the project value £20,000 - £35,000 category. 

The garden was originally just a mossy lawn, an old algae-ridden patio and dying box hedges. The client wanted to keep two trees in their garden and the area of Mediterranean planting round the side of their house. The other issue in the garden was squirrels! So we drafted in Renee, from The Girl Who Gardens, to come up with a planting plan that filled the brief - dappled shade, tall Scots pines surrounding the area, plants that squirrels won't eat (hopefully!) all your round interest and sandy soil with slightly acidic PH.

The garden was on a slope and so we installed a retaining wall one side which created a sunken patio area that could be used for a feature or a small dining area. 

The client's opted for a fake lawn as a real lawn never survived due to squirrels dropping chewed up pine cones and lots of moss due to the limited light. 

Landscaping boulders and gravel was used in the design around the planting and patio. 

The clients had fell in love with a gorgeous wrought iron arbour at The Chelsea Flower Show the previous year. We incorporated it into the design. It was made bespoke for the clients. Later on in the year they added a fire pit from The Fire Pit Company as a feature under this area. The area could also have a small table and chairs added here. 

Tumbled black sandstone was used down the side path and in the sunken area.
 A beautiful porcelain patio was created outside the patio doors. Cinder paving by London Stone was used as the client's liked the look of wood but wouldn't be able to keep up with the maintenance as the garden was quite shaded and squirrels like to chew and spit pine cones everywhere! The perfect choice was cinder porcelain as it has the warmth and character of aged wood but is a low maintenance and non-slip alternative to real timber. 

Here is the garden before...
What a transformation!

The standard of entries to the APL Awards 2018 exceeded expectations and Ayegardening Ltd was picked from a record breaking number of submissions.

For more information about Ayegardening visit

To book and for more information about the awards visit

APL Media office
Tel: 01235 776156.

Notes to Editors
Ayegardening is a professional, friendly, and ethical family run landscape gardening business in Surrey. Serving the Dorking, Reigate, Horsham, and Crawley areas spanning across parts of Surrey and West Sussex and into Greater London. 

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) represents landscapers who meet a required standard of professionalism. Members of the Association are registered with the government endorsed TrustMark Scheme They are regularly inspected and agree to follow a customer charter with clients. The APL is a specialist group of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), the trade association for the UK gardening industry, dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and service providers.