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Hi, A newby here, hoping to get some opinions... We have a large garden, on a slight slope, with lots of bumps and dips. The grass is growing fine, but it is so very unlevel so we need to do something! I believe the only real option is to get a ‘man with a digger’ in, take off all the old turf, level the garden, and then reseed. If we do that now, I am guessing that the lawn would be off limits to the kids for most of the summer? And while I’m keen to get on with it, that sounds scary! Would this likely be the case? The alternative would be to wait till autumn. If we do that, when would we be likely to be able to walk /play on it again? Thanks in advance for any help. It will be about 50sq metres, so want to get it right!

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    If your lawn is quite reasonable, you should be able to peel back and correct the uneven dips and peaks. This should not mean you cannot use it over the summer. Anytime now till summer should be fine. If you are re-turfing, it's more about watering in. If you do it now through to spring, hopefully, the spring wet weather will also help it adhere to the soil. Sowing seed at this time of year may delay you using the lawn. Until it gets stronger and thicker, it's not ideal to compact it. But this does not mean you can't walk over it over the coming months. You will need to mow it to allow the grass to thicken.
  • Thank you for your reply!

    Think mountains and valleys rather than just bumps and dips, all on a slope...  I think to do the job properly will mean digging up, and reseeding (buying turf would be way out of our budget - just the seed will be around £100). 

    I think its also juggling the kids expectations - banning them from the garden for a large(?) period of the summer sounds exhausting! 
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    If you could post a photo of the lawn that might help the lawn experts to give a yea or nay to digging up.
  • Thank you - I'll attempt that tomorrow!  My concern though is less should it come up, but more when.  Decisions decisions...
  • Thank you for your reply!

    Think mountains and valleys rather than just bumps and dips, all on a slope...  I think to do the job properly will mean digging up, and reseeding (buying turf would be way out of our budget - just the seed will be around £100). 

    I think its also juggling the kids expectations - banning them from the garden for a large(?) period of the summer sounds exhausting! 
    Where do you go for seed? I have been using a company on eBay for the past three years. Ivisons is the company. 
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