Raising garden level

17 Oct 2006
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United Kingdom
Hi All, after having tried all else to increase drainage in my garden (created new soakaway with land drains and all we got was a nice pond at the bottom of the garden !) I have decided to try raising the level by an inch or 2 by adding topsoil and reseeding the lawn.

Question is, is there a best process for adding new topsoil i.e should I dig the exisitng soil first or can I just lay the new topsoil on top of whatever is there ? I will be adding both screened topsoil and sand to try to encourage drainage.

All advice appreciated.
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rotovate it over first then cover with sandy loam, which is ideal for grass seeding. you can get it perfectly flat and its easy to work for seed/turf work.

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