Soft Spungy Earth - Returfing lawn

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  1. tododo

    tododo

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    Hi all

    We stripped the lawn back a few weeks back (using a turf stripper) and we have been sifting and then levelling the ground with top soil to make as level as we can....We are on a slight hill so will have to have some slope.
    Anyway in parts of the garden the earth is very spongy and you can dig your heel right into the earth
    It maybe just beacuse of the wet weather we have had recently......but Im just a bit worried that we will put new turf on and it will move all over the place.....or it may need a rolling to even out maybe

    Any thoughts anyone

    Thanks for any advice
     
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    tod - start levelling again at the far end and work your way backwards. Then hire/buy enough scaffold boards to go the full length of the garden; lay these boards down the centre of the garden and then only work from them. Lay a centre strip of turf all the way, then lift the scaffold boards onto the layed turf and do the next row, as so on. Tip: before you swap the scaffold boards to the new position STAMP DOWN on them to 'bed' the turf - has a levelling effect.

    Properly prepared soil should feel soft under foot. Once the turf's been layed as above, after about 2 weeks you should feel it getting firmer as it all settles.

    Never use a roller on new work, or an established lawn as it'll seriously compact the ground ... a big enemy of a lawn. Rolling should only be done on greens/pitches to maintain an already flat surface.
     
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    i had a very spongy lawn but never used to never wet as its sand as we live on the beach front after a lot of investigation it was a gas leak under lawn causing it
     
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    ....and allow for the settling when prepping the soil.

    That said, you should make sure all areas are trodden in to the same firmness before laying turf, or the areas will settle at different rates. Was the lawn soggy there before you stripped the turf?
     
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