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Topsoil over existing dead turf

Hi all

First post, rookie gardener here looking for some advice.

I recently scarified my front lawn which has resulted in the grass completely dying, there are still some patches in some areas (the front garden is north facing, the patches of grass are predominantly where the sun hits later in the afternoon) however 90% has gone. 

The access is very tight with only one small path down the side and no vehicular access to the front which makes getting skips etc. difficult, I can however have topsoil hoisted over the front hedge. 

Could the new topsoil be laid straight over the dead turf and seeded without having to dig up and remove? The idea is to hoist the soil over the hedge, spread with rake and seed.

Thanks in advance for any help, I have asked around but thought I best ask the experts!


  • StevedaylillyStevedaylilly Posts: 1,087
    Hi and welcome to the Blog 
    Yes, you can lay top soil over your existing lawn and re-seed. The top soil you apply over your lawn will deter most growth from your existing lawn and be a good bed to re-seed. As your lawn is 90% a bare area with no growth appearing, then your are basically doing a complete re-seeding 

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    If you've had any drainage issues before in that area, it would be best to dig it over with a fork and rake it level before applying the topsoil, otherwise you should be ok.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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