We've been in our house for the past 5 years nearly, and have mananged to successfully transform the bottom end to a veggie garden with raised beds that we are really happy with.... so now it's time to tackle the rest of the garden.... which is just grass really with one hugmungous apple tree in the centre and a patio next to the house with 3 smaller fruit trees up in one corner.
It's probably about 100ft long, and is just grass. Over the winter we airated the grass with a hollow tine airator, as it gets very water logged (espcially in this weather)!
The plan is to put a curvy flower bed in down one side initially (as we have 2 small kids so need a lawn and space for the climbing frame etc), but the soil is made up of what seems to just be a lot of clay. I think it's going to take a lot of work to get it useable. We have pet chickens and I've read we need to add orangic matter to the soil. I'm due to do their six monthly run clean out - can I use this - it's bark chippings and lots of chicken pooh (usually goes on the veg beds)?
Has anyone any other tips or suggestions for getting the soil ready for flowers (or a better idea of design!)?