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I'm looking for some advice. I moved into new property and the back garden is a mess, it's clay soil and wild grass. It's very uneven so I planned to take a top layer off, level and put fresh top soil down and new lawn rolls. I've since discovered that the most uneven part is where a pond used to be, its huge and takes up half the garden. I've taken the top soil off and left with rubble, bit it appears that the previous owners have filled it in (I'm also told with all sorts of stuff) and then put a sheet of the top. I'm looking for advice on what to do next? Should I try to remove the top sheet, or do I need to completely empty it? Can I just remove the top sheet and then fill it back up with top soil until level with the rest of the garden again.


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,428
    *Bump*  :)
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,097
    Hi @srathie80 - that's a difficult one. There will be a lot of 'stuff' in there. When you say a sheet, what exactly is it made of?
    If you can do a two tier, terraced effect, that might be easier, depending on what the site looks like, but filling in on top of the 'hole' will be difficult to do successfully, as it will keep settling over time.
    Do you have any photos of the area?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hi Fairygirl
    Thanks for your reply, it looks like there has been a two tier effect before which is why I think the ground was sinking and uneven. The sheet is very heavy plastic, which I pulling out bit by bit, the liner I'm just cutting as much as I can but can't see me emptying it fully. I've attached pictures of how it looks the now, the main objective is to have a new lawn all over instead 

  • GreenbirdGreenbird Posts: 237
    Wow. That was poor by the previous owner.

    Looks like hardcore, large rubble and poor soil just dumped in the liner. 

    I'd personally hire a skip and dig it all out. At the very least you'd need the plastic and liner out. Some of the hardcore can stay if the pond was deep. Then fill the remainder of the hole in properly with multiple tons of topsoil. Let it settle and keep compacted it down until it's level with the surrounding lawn, then re-turf the whole garden.

    Whatever you choose to do, it's going to be a serious amount of work to make that a level lawn.


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