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My new lawn

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 18:02

Thanks for that Verdun and you too SWiss Sue...that cheered me up!!

My new lawn

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 23:01

Thanks for that sotongeoff but i need some more advice if you can. Given size of the area i am dealing with and the hard work ive done so far and that it is a heavy clay soil i have decided i will till the existing soil and then add grit, sand, compost and screened topsoil...i want to get this as right as i can and leave the rest to mother nature! Does anyone have any idea how much of each of the above elements i should add and in what order? I intend to rototill the existing soil several times then add the sand and rototill again and then add the other three elements and again rototill. I would then level and rake before i seed. Another question...i live on the east coast of Scotland so should i wait until May to sow?

My new lawn

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 12:47

Thanks for the adviceso far. My thought on hollow tining now was to allow the new soil/compost mixture to fill the holes left behing and enhance the ability to drain?

My new lawn

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 19:23

I have an area of 28m2 by 8m2 which i have cleared of grass, weeds and moss. The soil is quite heavy in clay and to prep it i was going to hollow tine quite heavily and then lay down new screened topsoil with compost and leave it for  a few weeks to see if any final weeds emerge and deal with them before laying my new seed in April. Any advice welcome.

 

moss

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 20:14

Sorry, must be me. Can you explain what you mean exactly. I dig the soil and add the grit and sand for every 5 sq meter and then i add topsoil or do i make up a topsoil, in addition to the grit and sand layer already laid, to be 50% grit and sand and 50% topsoil? Thanks for the input.

 

moss

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 10:39

Thanks LeaningSlowly. Can i ask if you mean a 25kg bag of grit and a 25kg bag of sand for every 5m square? Has your proposed method worked for you?

Thanks again

moss

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 15:31

Thanks for your sound advice.

moss

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 15:10

OK. I only want to do this once so should i get a turf cutter and remove what remains of the dead turf then rotivate the soil? I hear people talk of adding organic material but what do they mean by that. The lawn area is about 1,000 sq mtrs? I have soil but should i add sand, what kind, etc...Many questions i know but ive never done this before and its going to be hard work and costly so i only want to do it once and do it right. When i bought the house new 6 years ago i had it turfed but the cowboys just turfed on 2" of sand but that was on top of a hard clay based soil so no wonder it didnt take too well. Your input is appreciated.

moss

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 13:04

It is going to be a brand new lawn. It does retain a lot of water so i was going to put a lot of new soil and then topsoil to combat that? It has a lot of clay in it at the moment but i thought putting soil and topsoild on top of that would solve the problem?

moss

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 12:23

I killed off the old lawn last autumn and am ready to put on new soill and topsoil before planting seed. Over the winter i have aquired a lot of moss on the area. Do i need to kill the moss first or will covering it with soil and topsoil kill it anyway?

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