Mom turns her garden into a “land of dinosaurs” for her dinosaur-loving son
A mother has turned her garden into a “land of dinosaurs” for her dinosaur-loving son.
Kellimarie House, 35 from Weston-super-Mare, told a money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk she created it for her son Bryson when he was two because he was always “obsessed” with dinosaurs.
The NHS assistant practitioner said: ‘Back then we made a little square for him with two-by-three lumber put together.
“We painted it and filled it with compost and an upside down flowerpot painted black.
“We sanded it down to give it a volcano effect, and I got herbs for 50p each in Asda.
“I added glass stones which were recycled from my wedding bowls, and we also salvaged wood from the beach and woods.
“He’s grown up since he was five, but I quickly got an idea. My patio was rotten underneath, giving me 12 feet by 12 feet to play with, so I decided I was going to make him a bigger Dinoland to play. “
Part of Kellimarie’s inspiration came from browsing Facebook groups.
“I saw that people had started to hang shower curtains in their gardens for a decorative effect, and I thought they must be selling dinosaur curtains. Luckily, I was able to find some amazing curtains. dinosaur shower for just £ 12 each. “
The rest of the supplies were also inexpensive in origin.
“I collected a bunch of rocks for free from Facebook Marketplace to use as drainage, and also managed to get sand from Marketplace for just £ 20. Rockery and border stones were also from Facebook, free to collect.
“The four dinosaurs in the garden were only £ 16 from Olive and Sage. They were the subject of a ‘buy two, get one free’ deal.
“Unfortunately some are now out of stock so I couldn’t or would have bought them all! They are great value for money.
“I bought my two Phoenix palms from B&Q. It was also a fantastic offer, as in most places they are priced over £ 30 each. I got mine in a two for 14 offer. £.
“I created the planters myself by recycling my old terrace. This saved more money as I only had to buy the screws.
“The most expensive part was the weed. I bought the Orlando variety from Grass Direct and it cost £ 160.
“However, I wasn’t too concerned about this award after speaking with the lady I collected the stones from on Facebook. She said she was quoted £ 4000 for the application of her artificial turf . “
Creating floor space was Kellimarie’s most important task.
“I cemented the border stones first, then filled the area with stone and leveled it with sand before laying the grass.”
Now Kellimarie has an exciting outdoor space for his son, with over 15 dinosaurs of varying sizes roaming the area and an even backdrop thanks to his shower curtains.
The area also includes a collection of rockery, which some of the dinosaurs climb, and an egg chair with blanket and cushions for lounging in the sun.
There is a selection of herbs growing in a planter on the side, and various bright plants and flowers complete the overall look.
The total cost of the renovations was £ 222.
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “Kellimarie should be proud of what she has accomplished – what a fantastic space. Any child would love to come out and play here.
“The savings on laying artificial turf yourself can be huge, as Kellimarie has proven.”
Here are Tom Church’s top tips for doing a professional job on your own at home:
1. If you need to remove your old lawn and it is still in good condition, get a lawn trimmer so you can give it to someone else.
2. Make sure the area is properly leveled. Standard old-fashioned gardening tools are needed here – a shovel, gloves, and a wheelbarrow.
3. If you have trouble leveling, try putting down a layer of sand or crushed stone to speed up the process.
4. Consider getting some landscaping fabric for weed control if you are concerned about weeds growing in the lawn as they can create lumps and bumps after all your hard work leveling it!
5. If your artificial grass does not have a soft, solid base, invest in an underlayment to ensure that the lawn has a porous layer underneath.
6. If you need to lay more than one strip, make sure they are all facing the same direction and be sure to place each strip directly next to the previous one.
7. Secure your lawn with galvanized nails, also known as lawn spikes. Use a hammer to hammer them into the ground and make sure that no metal is exposed.