Landscaping and Paving in Devon
Conditions in Devon
Devon soil has some of the most varied conditions in the UK, as geological features vary within this county. The soil quality has a large impact on what kind of landscaping and paving can be done on which areas. However, the solution is not always a complete re-shaping of the land, which is technically known as grading. In fact, these varying conditions can be used to your advantage.
The type of soil that instantly springs to mind is the rich and rusty red soil seen in many coastal areas of the South West. The Devon Redlands are very fertile, meaning they are ideal for growing shrubs and other flora to brighten up your outside areas. Due to the fact that this soil is largely made up of sand, it can become dry and difficult in the sunny weather that Devon so often enjoys. This means that you should avoid composting on this type of soil.
Alternatively, patios, paving, footpaths and artificial turf are convenient options for this type of ground. Artificial turf in particular is ideal for when the rainfall is high in Devon, because the soil has the texture of slippery clay. Trees, shrubs and bulbs are perfect to grow in the soils of Devon. This is because they do not require frequent maintenance when the seasons change drastically in this region.
Landscaping and paving trends
Asymmetrical paving is highly sought after, emulating art deco styles from the 1920s. The ideal type of stone for this is natural stone, which complements the rustic Devon countryside. Natural stone can be easily cut to create the ‘crazy paving’ effect.
Tasteful use of gravel and pebbles can also complement the changeable terrain. These are durable and can reduce the slippery appearance of the soil in the wetter seasons, as well as the dry and sandy appearance in drought seasons. You can even take this further by using ornamental boulders and rocks to add depth and dimension to your garden.
A recent landscaping trend is the creation of private spaces where people can relax and unwind. The woodland areas of Devon are perfect for this, and the moorland areas also provide plenty of opportunities. The abundance of green spaces and quiet atmospheric landscapes allow these secluded spaces to be cultivated. Ways to create these private areas include fencing, trellises, gates and stepping stones leading to sheltered corners.
Extending your home outdoors
The idea of moving inside spaces to the outside is also fast becoming one of the most sought-after landscaping techniques. One example would be using timber decking to create another ‘room’ outside of the home. This can become an excellent social space that enables you to take advantage of the pleasant Devon weather and beautiful seascape views.
How to achieve this
All of these are great ideas and many can be carried out by experienced DIYers, as long as they have access to high-quality materials. However, some situations might require the help of a professional landscaper, particularly due to the tricky nature of Devonian soil. Whichever path you choose, make sure you invest in quality landscaping materials which will last.