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Preparing clay/soil garden for new turf

Hi all
We will be laying turf imminently and need to prepare our garden.
Our soil is terrible sticky clay. We will rent a rotavator to break up the existing clay/soil, remove weeds and stones etc.

If we buy top soil to go on top,would this be sufficient, or would we need to treat the clay too, before we put the top soil over it?

I know that we need to take time to prepare the area prtoperly, to get best result with the turf, so any advice greatly appreciated

thank you


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,053

    Hi Claire, the link below has a lot of detail on preparing the ground for a lawn, including specific recommendations for clay soil.

  • Thank you Jenny

  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,574
    As I have heavy clay, I was going to add a few pointers, but Jenny’s link is pretty good! The points about not rotovating when its wet and blending in topsoil/organic matter in layers are pretty critical, so no don’t just add topsoil on top, otherwise you will end up with two disconnected layers that won’t drain properly and your turf will sulk.
  • thank you Nollie

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