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Help: what can I do with this lawn?

Just moved into a new house and am tacking the garden - but very much a novice.

The plan is to move the paving stones and create a patio with them by the house, and add some raised beds to the sides of the garden, keeping a lawn in the middle - but don't know how to tackle the grass. It's very patchy and lumpy and there is a lot of builders rubble lying around. 

How do i get rid of the rocks? Is there a way to fix the grass or do i somehow dig it all up and re-seed?


  • I think you are better off lifting it up, preparing the ground properly and relaying new turf. Lots of info online for the steps..

    The area to cover doesnt look too big and the turf roles are pretty cheap in spring. For the raised beds, just pick some wooden sleepers from Wickes.

    Good Luck!
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,569
    I second @Umairahmed3. Start from scratch .
  • Great, thank you. Any idea what I should do with the old grass? I was going to get a compost bin so can it go in there?
  • I find making compost tedious, as you need to get the mix right (browns, greens, liquid...)and then wait and wait. So i just buy mine from the Diy sheds.

    if your garden is small anyway, i suggest you do the same. Just dispose off the old grass in your Green waste collection from the Council.
  • The sort of compost that you make (Garden Compost) is different and has a different purpose (soil conditioner/mulch) to the potting compost that you buy in bags for sowing/planting in containers etc.

    I would lift the grass in turves, stack it upside down in a heap in a quiet corner and in a year's time you'll have great topsoil to help you fill/ top up the raised beds :)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,945
    I agree with Dove re: the stacking of turf, better than putting it in a bin. I was thinking that you could maybe hire a rotavator to sort out the site after you've lifted the turf and paving stones, but it is quite a small area so if you have the energy, you could dig it over by hand, and then sort the levels out.
  • For a good example of what can be done in a small space check out the (large) images in the latter part of this thread -

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