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Increase Lawn Size

Hello,

Our lawn has shrunk in size over the past 300 years from people edging it. Is there a way to increase the size of it? It's raised up about 5 inches from the gravel surrounding it. I can't find anything on Google so joined this forum.

Any help appreciated.

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  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,127

    Most regulars on this forum find their lawns shrink in size because they keep extending their borders!

    Seriously though, you would probably need to build a frame to the new size and fill with topsoil, as you couldn't adjust the height difference - you would have to wade through 5 inches of gravel! But whether you turf or re-seed there will almost certainly be a difference in colour between new grass and old.

    Perhaps you could trim more often and reduce the number of times it is actually edged?

  • Well it's not me doing the gardening. My mum likes to 'trim' the edge on a daily basis, which translates to shrinking the size of it and giving it a gnawed-by-a-rat finish. I'd like to fix it at some point.

    OK thanks for the information. I did wonder about both of those points. Whether it should be topsoil and and also if it's possible to match the colour of the old grass (maybe you take a grass sample to someone and they know the grass type)

  • Is there a way to get rid of the old grass and re-seed it all over? How do gardeners do this if they want to change or upgrade the type of grass?

  • Doghouse Riley says:

    I cured the problem of the border creeping by edging it with brick pavers. You might want to try that when you've got it sorted.

    See original post

     

    Yeah, that's what I think and what I suggested.

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,045
    williamusher says:

    Is there a way to get rid of the old grass and re-seed it all over? How do gardeners do this if they want to change or upgrade the type of grass?

    See original post

     That seems a radical solution. No- one upgrades their grass by replacing it - they lavish care and attention on it until they reach their required standard. I wouldn't worry about the new grass not matching. You will not notice it. Unless you use a specialist mix. You only need any of the standard grass seed mixes readily available. It may look a bit greener to start with but that's only because it's young. It will soon blend in. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • OK thanks.

    The other grass looks a bit yellowish.

  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 5,317

    Feed the old grass with Lawn feed, liquid or if granules water well if no rain.

    I agree with Hogweed but if you really wanted to start again, you would have to use a total wed killer, strip the old turf off, lightly cultivate, put a topdressing of new soil over whole area, tread or roll  flat, rake, rake & rake again to make it even. Then either re-seed or Turf. Unless you are fanatical about having a top quality fine lawn (which will need a lot more care & maintenance) then I would not bother.

    AB Still learning

  • Wont topsoil just collapse at the edges of the lawn? How does it become as solid as an old lawn?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,486
    williamusher says:

    ....and also if it's possible to match the colour of the old grass (maybe you take a grass sample to someone and they know the grass type)....


     Best thing to do is to sprinkle grass seed  thinly all over the established area as well as the new area ... this will blend all the areas together and make any difference in colour negligible.  

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  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    get some metal or plastic lawn edging, your mother can never snip away the soil again, only the grass. if you want to make the lawn bigger simply back fill with top soil and sow grass seed.

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