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Identify - Bush / Hedge

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 14:12

Agreed Nut. A Christmas camellia at that. Quite appropriate.

Am I heading for trouble?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 13:24

There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments Pheo.

A few holes through the mortar at the base of the brick raised bed would help with drainage.

You should be able to drill through it or use a hammer and masons chisel.

Preparing for new lawn in Spring

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 13:12

It is going to make a mess no matter when you do it.

Doing (the hard work) now will give the elements time to clean things up before the spring as i am sure you will be busy with other things then.

Dig out the 150mm and then either turn the base over (as best you can) or aerate it by sinking a fork into it as deep as you can go at about every 300mm.

Have you got any photos we can see john? 

Preparing for new lawn in Spring

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 12:51

Yes john i would dig it out now if possible. like you have described. Put the new soil in later.

How are you digging it out john?


Preparing for new lawn in Spring

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 12:45

Said they would be along soon. Thanks Verdun.

Preparing for new lawn in Spring

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 12:38

I see john. 

Removing the 150mm of soil (as you describe) should solve your problems. You want the topsoil sieved to about 7mm if possible. You do not want clods of clay or a sandy beach. It needs to be 'friable' topsoil.

I do not think you will need a layer of gravel from what you have just said. 

The RHS website has a page for laying a turf lawn and one for laying a seed lawn. Depends which one you are going to go with. I would go with the seed lawn every time but it does mean you have to keep off it for 3 weeks while it germinates.

Let me know if you need anything else and i am sure other members will be along to give there excellent advise.

Talkback: Ground elder

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 12:11

You can but it will come back after only 1 year. You need to cover it for 4 years or more and dig it over in between the years.

Preparing for new lawn in Spring

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 12:01

I think you need to remove the old soil and then dig it over (if possible) to see if there are any problems first. You might not need to put gravel down.  

I do not think the compaction will get any worse now. You just need to know how it copes with any surface water. The new top soil and lawn may be enough to hold any excess water.

A sand/loam mix is ideal but a layer of well-rotted manure will help the grass and hold the moisture in the ground. Make sure it is well-rotted, as un-rotted organic matter will cause the soil surface to sink unevenly as it decays.

Once you have undone the compaction you may find that the ground is able to cope with any extra water. 

Do you have flooding problems at the moment?

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 11:40

What is up with your Victoria plum ginagibbs. It's always sad when they have to go. 

Can it be revived?

Preparing for new lawn in Spring

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 11:26

Welcome John.

Now is a good time to remove the 150mm of top/sub soil ( i recommend a bit deeper) . This will give you the chance to see if you have drainage problems and rectify them before you put the top soil down. (some drainage trenches might be needed or a layer of gravel) 

a sand/loam mix will be ideal for the top soil.

IMHO i would seed the area rather than turf it in the spring. This will save you a fortune.

You can then tramp the top soil down with your boots after raking and level off before putting a final layer of soil and seeds down. (no need to wait for it to settle then) 

New lawns are best done in spring or autumn.


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