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Rotovate new build garden

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 09:12

Looking at the photo again AJP - is there a boundary fence in place now between you and the building site next door.

I wouldn't put any turf or seed down until I was sure no builders / scaffolders / painters etc could walk over my hard work. An up to date photo would be helpful - it does look like quite a slope up to the path and I don't understand why the builder has put gravel there.

Personally, I would consider terracing that little bit after investigating what's under the gravel. You could then have a small infill of planting in that corner and lay the rest of the garden to (level) lawn.

Dave 2356 - you did a good mini makeover there!

Rotovate new build garden

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 08:24
.... and you would just be paying them to do the sort of unskilled, manual labour that any reasonably fit adult can undertake. You would not be using their professional expertise.
Not a nice job to do but it won't take that long on a small patch. Divide it into small sections and do a bit each day.

You might need a skip though - looks like there might be a lot of rubbish to come out...

The Arctic

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 08:15
Stunningly beautiful - and how wonderful to see polar bears in their natural environment. Thank you for sharing - truly a trip of a lifetime.

Rotovate new build garden

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 18:58

Hi & welcome to the forum AJP

You have a few weeks before you put down your new lawn so may I suggest you use that time to dig over your garden - at least twice.

It is worth emphasising (as others have already said) that you will probably find all sorts of stuff under that topsoil. If you spend time digging now you can remove any lumps of concrete, wood, broken bricks etc etc. You can also see if you need to dig in any extra organic matter and work on getting the soil level and raked into a nice, fertile tilth - all this will help grass seed or turf romp away. You can also use the time to monitor whether there are any areas with potential drainage problems (ie does water puddle anywhere & take ages to drain away). 

If you don't prepare the ground properly now you will forever have little uneven bits underfoot where stones and bricks work their way towards the surface. They may even start to snag and damage your lawn mower. The lawn will be patchy with discoloured or 'thin' areas where the grass gets uneven moisture & nutrients due to the stuff under the soil. 

As Gary said you can use excavated stones and bricks as hard core under future paving etc. Once it's dug and raked you can come back to us and we'll remind you about raking and treading to compact the soil (so you don't get air pockets) and general last minute preparation before you go green.

So first purchases on my shopping list would be a decent garden fork and a general purpose garden rake. I would also start looking at lawn sprinklers in case we have a dry autumn and you need to buy one in a hurry - quicker to buy if you've already worked which one best meets your needs.

Good luck 

The Arctic

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 12:45

Welcome home Pdoc - very interesting pictures. Weather looks very benign - what sort of temperatures did you have? Was it windy? Somehow I always think of the Antarctic as windy and the Arctic as not - too much watching John Mills as Captain Scott probably.

And, of course, - did you get to see a polar bear??

SGL and RB - can't take you two anywhere - just as well Panda is having a day out or she'd be joining in too... 

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 08:47

Have a great time - look forward to seeing the pictures 

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 19:27

You are all very naughty peoples 

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 17:16

PS - Fidget - love those aquilegias - well jel 

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 17:15

Hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow.  

Would love to join you (especially if there are plant swapsies going on) but tomorrow is an office day. Was hoping I could wiggle out of it - but I won't be there much over the next few weeks so would have been a bit too naughty. 

Eat lots of cake and buy lots of plants for me 


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 09:25

They forecast 50 - 60mm of rain for this part of the world for yesterday - they probably got it right this time - about 20 hrs of constant rain - most of it heavy. Soil is now the colour soil should be and the lawn is catching up fast. Hope the wind dies down soon - don't need that undoing all the good work!

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