Posted: 11/06/2017 at 12:59
Yes - the rain will settle the soil and expose any stones Matt. That's kind of the problem.....
I think at some point, you have to accept you'll have stones. You can only take away so many. If you get it to the best state you can, then add some topsoil before seeding, I think that's the best you can do. As I mentioned before - the alternative is to get a digger in and remove everything to depth of a foot or two and then replace all the soil. Not really viable though is it?
Mine was done almost exactly two years ago and pretty much looked like your last pic. I added a bit of soil befoer sowing the seed. Sown in June and that pic was late July. I gave it it's first cut at that stage. I wouldn't really recommend doing it at that time of year, but with our level of rainfall, it wasn't too big a risk. Mine is only about 20 sq metres anyway.
It still looks good, but I feed it a couple of times through the year. Ironically, we've had the driest spring on record up here, but I've resisted the temptation to water it - goes against the grain when you live in the west of Scotland!