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Planting Lawn From Seed

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 10:18

Thanks, so if i till the soil to about a foot deep then you don't think i'll need topsoil?

I live outside Brighton, very close to the sea, so South Downs where it's quite chalky. I don't know if that means anything in terms of soil quality...

Is it actually necessary to test the PH level of the soil?

How about fertiliser, manure, etc.?





Planting Lawn From Seed

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:04

Planting Lawn From Seed

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 17:13


In the next week or two i'll be sowing a lawn from seed.

I've never done this before, so could do with some advice.

So far, i've completely cleared the area of weeds and stones. It's now down to mud- mostly quite hard packed.

The soil doesn't look like rich, fertile 'growing' kind of soil and i expect it will need topsoil. I read that soil needs to be tested for PH before sowing a lawn from seed., so once i know the PH level i'll update.

I've looked on and seen that they sell a Turf and Lawn Seeding Topsoil. It's very expensive at £117 for 0.73m³, and my lawn area is around 25 metres squared.

So, assuming that the PH level is no good, i expect that i'll need topsoil:

If so, then how much will i need for an area of 25 metres squared- how deep does the layer of topsoil need to be?

Do I need to buy the expensive stuff such as what's sold by Or can anyone suggest a cheaper alternative?

How deep would be topsoil layer need to be?

I've ordered a rotavator for this weekend, i was planning on tilling 4 inches or so of the existing soil with the rotavator and then adding topsoil on top before treading down and sowing grass seed. Does this sound about right, or would it be better to lay the topsoil and then rotavate the two soils together to mix them?


I have read a lot about how important proper soil preparation is before sowing a lawn, so could really do with some advice.

Thanks in advance..

Clearing and Turfing

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 09:14

Thanks Steephill. I was thinking that i could mow down what's already there and then spray it before digging picking out what's left. Will the glyphosate kill the grassy weeds down to the roots?

Thanks again.

Clearing and Turfing

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 08:39

Wow, 30 views and no answer! Thanks for all the help guys!

Clearing and Turfing

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 18:26

And just to add, the area that i want to turf is not very level so i'm not sure how effective a turf remover would be.

Clearing and Turfing

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 17:55

Hi, i have a garden with a large patch of neglected grass/weeds/brambles etc. that i want to turf.

I have dug out most of the thick stuff (brambles, trees, roots and the big weeds) and it's now in a position where the only remaining stuff is the grass- not the decent lawn type grass, just that long weedy kind of stuff, dandelions and other weed type plant (they kind of look like dock leaves but aren't).


Anyway, i'm wondering how much of this stuff needs to be taken out before levelling and rotavating takes place and top soil, fertiliser and turf goes down. I'm hoping that there's a way to do this without physically weeding out every peice of green until i'm left with just soil, as that will take weeks.

What are my options for clearing this stuff? Would a weedkiller be of any use?


I was thinking of hiring a brush cutter, then using some kind of heavy weed killer, then possibly using a weed burner before levelling and turning over with a rotavator.


If i did this, then would the stuff just grow back through the turf once turfed? Is there a better way?





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