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New Build Garden

EricGardenEricGarden Posts: 2
edited April 2020 in Problem solving
Hi all,

First time gardener, I need some advice on how and where to start solving my garden issue.

We have moved into a new build last year and the garden was left blank with the soil rotavated. We couldn't get the garden done and have left it in a bad state, fast forward a year now. It's full of couch grass,thistles and all sorts of weeds. The soil is also clay base, as with all new builds.



After looking online & alot of Youtube, my plan is to:
  1. Fork and dig out all the weeds, stones, branches and junk
  2. Mix in some sharp sand into the soil to help with drainage
  3. Add some top soil
  4. Rake, level and flatten
  5. Turf it with grass
It's a big job, I can buy/hire out a rotavator which will help break up soil. However there are alot of people against this as it will just spread out the weeds even more.

Can anyone suggest anything different? I've also heard to just remove 15cm of the top soil and just put top soil & sand and flatten.

Thanks,

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,587
    Welcome to the Forum. 
    Maybe I've got the wrong end of the stick. Is your plan simply to replace that grass, with new grass? or will there be any planting going on?
    Devon.
  • Hostafan1 said:
    Welcome to the Forum. 
    Maybe I've got the wrong end of the stick. Is your plan simply to replace that grass, with new grass? or will there be any planting going on?

    Hi Devon,

    Thanks, sorry forgot to mention; there is no grass there. It's full of couch grass and weeds. I wouldn't be planting anything there but just to lay a new lawn and potentially some flowers/bushes/plants in the future.

    Thanks,

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