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Hey guysIm finding it a bit hard to get the soil level for the grass seed to go down.I know no one is ever gonna get it perfect but after continuous raking Im still finding hills and valleys.Anyone got any tips?Thanks guys Jen
Or cheat and use easy to roll turf
Not sure what size area you are doing but lay out a grid using string and pegs. Each grid should be about 1 metre square this makes it easier to get the level right and let you get the right amount of seed per square metre.
Edit: A 8-foot-long 2 x 4 piece of wood helps you get a level as well. You can then see where the uneven bits are.
On the bowling green we used a long plank on edge. Set it on one corner and swing the plank across a stretch of soil, you will see the dips and humps. Keep changing the position corner to corner until you get an even tilth.
I agree that it could be the way you are using the rake. Do it lightly as you pull it towards you. Don't dig it in and then pull it towards you. Practice makes perfect! Or should that be practise?
My tip, water it and let it settle for a week. Doesn't matter how good you think you get it you'll still have lumps and bumps, that's why the advice of leaving it till the Autumn to top dress a seeded lawn is there. That way you can see the dips and top dress accordingly. I defy anyone to get it perfect first time.
Mr T............surely not.....you have come a long way already.....best foot (or Rake) forward......I have faith in you
Thanks phillippa smith2, this is how it stands now, just waiting for the greenery to die
Sorry - off topic - thanks Busy Bee2. OH and I have been looking in the dictionary to see what the difference was between practice and practise. No help there.
Mr Toast - you are a great worker and want everything down to a T(pun not intended but it works). Yours will be perfect because you have put so much effort in.
4390evans I have bought a very large landscapers rake to help me with mine, it only cost £17 but looks like it will help alot, one side is a large rake and the other has a flat edge for moving soil around, the rake is pretty weighty but this should help with the levelling.
Mr Toast that sounds like the perfect present for Mr Bee - he doesn't take much interest in the garden (unless there is something out there he wants to eat) but he is obsessed with flat lawns. He asked me today how many molehills were out there, and I said I hadn't noticed, and explained that that was the equivalent of me asking him whether there were many weeds in the flower beds. There were, (as he learnt/learned five minutes later) six molehills, which he treated with chilli powder. He is losing faith in chilli powder and large windmills though. I have included above, another little English teacher type conundrum for the grammatically minded.
Mr Bee learnt his lesson. (I hope) He could try crushed garlic cloves instead
Does that work Lesley? Not with my home-grown garlic though - I've been waiting since last October to harvest that, and I didn't plant enough, so it is precious stuff. But we could get some value garlic from the supermarket?? The dictionaries will tell you learnt and learned are interchangeable, but there are preferences in British English and American English for one or the other. I was taught that 'learnt' was an adjective and 'learned' the past tense of the verb, but the dictionaries don't agree, or even with each other, or find historical precedents. So in short, there is no one answer.
Practice is a noun - like in a GP Practice
Practise is a verb - as in "I must practise what I preach"
Busy Bee2 - We had molehills on the lawn a few years ago. I put crushed garlic in the holes and we haven't seen any moles since. It could be a coincidence but is worth a try.
English is a very strange language. So many rules have exceptions to them