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Rotovating soil for lawn seed

Hi all

First time posting although I have been here a few times through Google searches and would appreciate any advice anyone could give. 

I moved into my new house and the garden had been neglected for some time. I've spent a while gutting the place with the intention of establishing a lawn. 

I'm at a point where the labouring tasks are done, i.e. tree stumps out, bushes out, weed control etc and I'm now ready to prep the soil. I'd like to get this next part right as it would be a shame to come this far and bodge it.

The garden is approx 240m2 and it isn't very flat (see pic). My idea was to rotovate and to rake to the natural gradient of the garden, adding top soil where required. 

Couple of things.

Is a rotovator my best bet to achieve this? Are they hard to use?

How soon before seeding should I rotovate?

Is there anything I should mix into the rotovated soil?

When's the best time to seed? I read September was a good month. 

Apologies for all the questions, I'm a gardening novice and I'm picking it up as I go.

Attached some before and after pics if it helps


  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 1,628
    Please consider allowing for some other planting alongside a lawn. If you don't intent to host the local football games. Lawns give nothing to the wildlife and are a really dull thing to look at on its own. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
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