New Lawn and Garden without digging.
richard_macfarlane_1 Posts: 4
I am creating a new lawn from seed on in a garden that had an artificial lawn; There are no weed. It would take me two days to dig and so I might have to hire a rotavator. I had an idea of aeriating the soil by just pushing a fork into the soil and moving it about and raking the surface to dislodge soil. I would put compost and horse manure on the surface and rake it into blend it all together. I might lightly dig. I don't want to spend too labour time in this therefore might have to use a rotavator. Do you think this would work? Thanks
I'd use a soil based product, or just soil, for the new layer, rather than manure and compost [compost will just disappear] and you'll need to let it settle for a while so that any dips can be addressed, then follow the usual process of firming and raking before seeding. You can also add a sprinkling of BF&Bone a couple of weeks before seeding, which is ideal for giving the ground a head start.
Grass needs decent drainage and light to thrive well, so if it's a shadier site, you'll need to use appropriate seed.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
Is it a big area?