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Levelling using top soil and sand


Im preparing the ground in my garden ready to seed. On  recommendation I've had 4 tonnes of river sand delivered and spread on the bottom of the s where it was very claggy wet and clay based. ive put it on but what is best thing to do now do i work into existing soil with a fork. Did this to start with and definitely made a difference but now there is so much sand the top level is sand. Should I mix In Or leave top level as sand? 

Any advice appreciated. image


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    I recommend you mix it. Spread it evenly and work slowly in manageable patches. Dig to at least two spades down when mixing. If the soil underneath is too wet then wait until it's drier and this can take a few days. From the picture, it doesn't look like a lot of sand. If that is the excess, I would spread it over again on that area and re-mix it in one more time. The level off after that.

  • Borderline, thanks for the advice. Do you think getting a rotavator on it would help?

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    I haven't used one but I think the rotavator does not go that deep. If this is for a lawn area, then that is fine, but if the area has not been worked on in the past, or it is undisturbed land, then you may need to rotavate in stages and go quite deep and then level back afterwards.

    Last edited: 23 September 2017 17:40:30

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