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Need Some Garden Advice

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by ukmercenary, 20 Jul 2017.

  1. ukmercenary


    18 Oct 2009
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    United Kingdom
    So my garden looks like this: https://photos.app.goo.gl/fsZLUFz2zVY2r8OW2 but now where you see the earth it has turned into weeds :(

    My Dad seems to think I needed to dig out the current grass so that we can manually rotate the ground. ( I have bought a cheap rotavator as in the picture).

    I just want to level the garden and put seed down for a new lawn.
    I know it's hard to tell from one picture but is this really a good idea?

    Some of the gardeners I have spoken to seem to think it is best to lay turff this time of year?
    I'm not sure it is a good idea be digging up the turff though as it means I will only have to put it into a skip.

    There is also a fair amount of concrete I need to shift as far as I have seen most skip companies only have skips for either garden waste or rubble not both.

    They are quoting about £1600 to clear and re-lay turf is that about right?
    I would rather do it my self if I can.

  2. StephenStephen


    1 Apr 2008
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    I certainly wouldn't be taking any turf or soil offsite - why pay to get rid of the very thing you need for a healthy lawn?
    £1600 seems like a lot of money to me.
    If it was my garden I'd turn over the bare patch with a fork or rotovator and level with a rake,
    The grass looks ok from the photo - from the look of it - keep cutting it and you'll have a lawn

    (If you are concerned about weeds then:
    cover with plastic or carpet or cardboard to exclude light to any weeds.
    Then leave it for a month or so
    Remove the cover,
    Remove the young weed shoots)

    Rake level
    sow grass seed
    Keep it watered for at least a month or so
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  3. Weeds are an inherrant part of any garden, and they just need keeping under control. Laying turfs gives you a quick garden, but grass seeds are cheaper, just slower. You also need to put down balloons or something to keep the birds off while the seeds take.

    It's not easy to see what is weeds, and what is grass from the photo but if you rotovate the garden and seed it, then the old grass will grow through, and you'll get a mixture. As such, I'd suggest killing the weed patches, rotovate the garden and level it, then lay turfs.
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