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Gravel Removal from lawn

Hi All,
After the construction of my new house, I got stitched up on the topsoil that was brought in for the garden. It is full of small pebbles and gravel and even though the grass has been planted keep showing through. I would desperately try and avoid relaying the entire lawn, both for cost and time reasons so was wondering if anybody had any suggestions. Would a lawn scarifier make any difference in dislodging the pebbles? Would a power broom be the answer? You can see on the attached photos the gravel. Some have become detached from the soil and are lying on top so maybe a power broom would move them, but a lot of them are still in the soil and would need something that goes a little deeper.

I don't mind having to do it several times over the year but I don't want to lose the use of the garden for several months to start all over again. Any advice appreciated.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,845
    I think you need to get the grass growing more strongly and then the gravel/pebbles won't matter.

    The lawn needs a bit of work ... large weeds need removing, then the lawn needs scarifying then  re-seeding etc ... and it looks as if it's been mowed much much too short so the grass has not been able to thicken up. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • You're probably right on all the above. Bear in mind I live in Chamonix, France so the garden has snow on it for several months of the year. I tried a product to kill the moss/clover last autumn but it seemed to have absolutely no effect. 
  • Is there a name of product that you would recommend to remove the moss? 
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