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Preparing a clay soil for turf

Just wondered if anyone could help me.

I have a lawn, about 15 by 4 metres that is currently a bit ragged.

It is not overgrown, but is just short scraggy weeds and grass on a clay soil.

I would like to completely refurb this and lay turf down, but have no advanced tools for this job.

What is the best way to go about this? Should I take about 1 inch off the top and  rotavate the soil with a rake? Or add anything to it like weed killer or Gypsum?

Thanks in advance.



  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    it depend on how much money you have to spend,

    you could pay someone to remove the top 3 to 4 inches and replace with a sandy subsoil that you bought in and then lay your turf on top.

    or you could scrape the top inch off, lay an inch of sharp sand/compost mix and sow seed onto that, its just still in seed sowing season.

  • I wouldn't just lay sandy soil in a thin layer on top.  If you want it decent you should cut off the old grass, hire a rotovator and rotovate in as deep as you can with a ton of sharp sand. Or...dig a land drain through it directed to a drain to soakaway THEN top with soil/sharp sand and turf. 

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