Posted: 05/05/2015 at 23:05
You won't get a lawn this year and start on that basis. If you try you'll be throwing your money away. You've started properly and the only way to improve things is to continue adding as much manure as you can over the summer and into the Autumn and winter. By next spring you'll probably find you have a half decent bit of topsoil. Add top dressings of grit as well and let nature do the work for you. It's a lot easier than doing it manually and your backs will last a lot longer as well. By next spring you'll find things are very different and as long as your neighbours drains don't drain into your garden you could probably think about sowing seed or turfing. I know it sounds dismal for this year, but unless you have very deep pockets there's no quick solution. Gardening on clay and compacted clay is about hard work and patience. So do it right in the first place and the results will last, rush it and you'll regret it.