Hello..... I hope this web page will give you an insight into making a simple garden design using railway sleepers
What I thought would be quite a task turned out to be quite easy. This method worked for me and I was pleased with the finished result.
Basically, the old garden has been buried, not a great lot of preperation work removing the old stuff. It was a one person job even though I let my wife do the concrete mixing
(I was always busy making the coffee) The sleepers I used where the pine variety, tanalised and weighing in at about 50 kilos each. I ordered 25 pieces. At the time I ordered I didn't have any plans
of how it was going to be like.
The sleepers where layed out in various shapes until I was happy with the look of it.
The first piece down was the important one as it basically determined the shape and height it was going to end up.
I started by digging a channel approximately 2 inches deep, 8 inches wide. Dropped in a spadeful of concrete in the
centre and both ends. A spirit level was used but to get a more accurate level as obviously the last peice needed to match up with the height of the first one.
I used this method which I used when I built a pond at my previous home.
The new garden was going to be approx' 6 inches higher and I obviously needed to know that it didn't go above the height of the house/garage door thresholds.
It didn't as there was a fair step up.
Each of the sleepers were joined together with heavy duty brackets'
2 on each end. If they were to sink/settle they would do it "as one" and no individual piece would sink on its own.
I used a chainsaw were I needed to have a shorter piece but also did a few of them with the use of circular saw and hand saw.
The raised decking in the corner just came about while I was working in that section... it wan't planned. I new I had 25 sleepers and I wanted to use all of them, I did with just a
few offcuts. Corner number 1 was raised three sleepers high and then
cross sections placed to provide 3 seperate height planting areas. Corner number2 (foreground, main pic) I used a couple of offcuts to provide for a shrub.
Corner number 3 was 2 peices high approx' 6'x6',
possibly going to plant a small tree there. Corner number 4 (the raised decked area) was finished off with some surplus
block paving bricks to make a wall.
It is only layed dry, so if you push on it... it falls down, so, we don't push on it.
Two rolls of screening against the neighbours garage and a two Ivies planted on the back wall to cover that.
All the shrubs are evergreen so
we only need to infill with a bit of colour in the spring/summer.
All in all it was a simple and easy garden transformation. If you have read this far without being too bored then maybe it
will give you some thoughts.
Goodbye from sunny Cleethorpes
This is a rough breakdown of the cost. 2005
25 sleepers....£500 - 3 ton topsoil....£90 - 5 ton gravel....£156 - 30 mtrs
turf....£72 - Decking....£140 - Fencing/Posts....£40 - Block paving....£40
Screening/plants....£120 - brackets/misc'....£40