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Ryan Blakemore

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laying a new lawn

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 22:20

Thanks for the great replies on both posts. Just what I needed to know.

laying a new lawn

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 08:07

When would be the latest time of year to lay a new lawn? I have yet to remove my existing lawn and raise it by a few inches. Given the advice on the prep work of heeling in fresh soil etc.... I think my aim of getting it done this year is now a little unrealistic and would perhaps be better left for next year?

Waterlogged front garden

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 22:23

Thankyou for your help. I can source some aggregate pretty easy but never purchased topsoil before,  but found tru-gro in the back of the last gw issue. Has anybody used them before?

Raising a lawn area

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 22:14

Sorry to hijack the post but I am doing the exact same thing with a section of lawn because the lawn I have is of terrible quality and full of dips and bold bits. Would the original lawn have to be dug up completely or could i run a tiller/rotovator over it?

Waterlogged front garden

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 08:47

Would landscape fabric which you can get for paths be ok for a membrane? 

Waterlogged front garden

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 07:38

I appreciate I may be dictated to a little in terms of a planting scheme because in effect the water will still be there albeit a little lower. The recent flash floods we have had have shown what I have done has helped a little because the water no longer sits level with the grass. So hopefully I may have a lawn of grass instead of moss eventually.

Waterlogged front garden

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 22:31


 These were taken before i dug out some clay and raised the borders.

Waterlogged front garden

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 22:29

Right a little stuck on what to do......My front garden is heavy clay and floods at the slightest bit of rain. At the minute it is not planted up with anything but hopefully next year it will be. I have had "drainage specialists" around to look at the problem but they both told me there was no cheap fix and one even wanted to dig my drive up to make a soak away . so not very practical.

The main problems are the heavy clay and also the fact that my front garden is slightly lower than than the kerbside with no nearby drain to hook up a french drain system so any water just comes my way. My only idea was to raise up the borders by a foot  with sleepers which i am in the process of doing. I have also dug down a little to remove some clay which i have used to fill an old pond in the back garden.

As it stands i am left with borders of around 1.5ft - 2ft deep in places to fill but i am unsure what to fill them with? Should i be putting a layer of pea gravel with topsoil on top or something different?

Any help greatly appreciated.

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