Help/advice needed, thanks

Hi All
Great to be part of Garden Banter. I have two young children (four and 3 months) and work full time at <a href="http://www.simplypatioheaters.co.uk ">Simply Patio Heaters.co.uk</a>.
I also have a long narrow garden which is looking neglected! I haven't got much time to do much with it apart from mo the grass and the occasional weeding.
There are a few bushes on one side of the garden but nothing on the other side. It looks unbearably bare! Would type of thing would you suggest doing with my garden that wouldn't take too much work but would add interest.
The soil is sandy.
Any help would be appreciated.
--
worldideastim


Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Hi All
Great to be part of Garden Banter. I have two young children (four and 3 months) and work full time at 'Simply Patio Heaters.co.uk' (http://www.simplypatioheaters.co.uk )
I also have a long narrow garden which is looking neglected! I haven't got much time to do much with it apart from mo the grass and the occasional weeding.
There are a few bushes on one side of the garden but nothing on the other side. It looks unbearably bare! Would type of thing would you suggest doing with my garden that wouldn't take too much work but would add interest.
The soil is sandy.
Any help would be appreciated.
Many thanks Tim
--
worldideastim

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Tue, 3 Apr 2012 09:25:25 +0000, worldideastim
Welcome to USENET - I get the impression that the Garden Banter site doesn't make it abundantly clear that they're merely providing a web-based gateway for posting to several usenet discussion lists which pre-exist even the world wide web.
You could get to the same usenet groups using google:
<http://groups.google.com/group/rec.gardens/topics
[snip]

You indicate the soil type, but not the sun exposure of the strip of yard, nor the weather (yea, you're posting to Garden Banter, so you're probably in the UK, and that just means "overcast"), or soil pH. Is the area to be trafficked, or are you looking for shrubs against the side of the house? In the Northern hemisphere, a south-facing strip will get more sun than one which faces North (i.e. on the North side of a structure or any other obstacle). East and West sides of a structure get differing quality of light (and, also depends on whether something to one side of you casts shadows in the morning or afternoon): morning sun is cool, afternoon is hot (as the ambient temperatures have risen by then). If you're in a area prone to overnight frosts, something facing East (getting morning sun) is more likely to handle frosts than something facing West (not warming until later in the day).
Anyway, I can't really offer you specific suggestions for your clime, but thought I'd mention a few things you should take into consideration when trying to find something suitable for the spot.

Sandy, or Sandy Loam? I have the latter, which I amend with tons (literally) of compost, which improves the moisture retention and percolation (water running down into soil, rather than stratifying in the top inch).
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

IF you brought the soil up to 30% clay, and 5% organic material, your options would be greatly increased.
--
E Pluribus Unum

Know where your money is tonight?
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
It depends what zone you live in and what you mean by narrow. Small flowering upright trees could add some color other then that you might want to browse through a garden center and they should have pertinent information about growing.
--
bullthistle


Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.