Posted: 17/01/2015 at 09:45
People have given you some good advice. When we bought our old farmhouse, needing renovation, in Dordogne, there wasn't really a garden, old farmyard that had had some topsoil spread on it, covered with tall grass, brambles and nettles and rough grassed areas. There was so much to do with house and garden, we had 4 children and husband was working, so we called in a landscaping firm to deal with the bits we wanted as lawns. They mowed it all, then rotovated, then raked and flattened and sowed seed. That is not what to do. It meant all the chopped up roots of weeds, couch grass, bindweed, nettles, creeping buttercup were still in the soil, only chopped to make more of them, and some of it I wanted as flower beds. Disaster, I'm still struggling with some of those over 20 years later!