We just moved into a house. The back lawn is going to be re-turfed. Have created bedding sections around the lawn but there are loads of rubbles, bricks, half bricks. I have also just seen a huge old patio about 12 inches down.

My question is how much of this stuff do I have to extract, should I leave it to the professionals, and if I do remove it how far down do I have to clear it. 
Also, do these bricks help with drainage in any way and should I leave any of them there?

Many thanks



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,777

    Personally speaking I'd get it all out before going to the expense of turfing.

     It might be ok to leave the 'sunken patio', if you're only going to turf over it and it really is 12" down and you're sure you're never going to want to dig a flowerbed or a pond there, or plant a shrub - see what the others think .... 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,252

    half bricks are no problem. my garden is based on rubbish like that. But a solid patio might create some drainage problems. O,r if it's not a lawn, root problems

    If the bricks are nice ones you could save them for use later. Edging or anything you need bricks for.

  • Take them all out! You want at least 12" free from rubble, Ideally 16". I know it sounds a lot but it really does show in the vigour of your lawn. There are so many lawns out there covered in huge weak yellow patches which just scream 'RUBBLE' to anyone who looks at them. Unfortunately it's common practice for builders to dump all the waste in the garden and turf it over, but this just never works properly or sort itself out and needs to be dealt with.

    You are in a 'Lucky' position where you dont have an established lawn in place, and can take the rubble away before turfing, most people have to put up with it or go to great expense sorting it out. Don't waste your money turfing before you sort it out image

    With luck the bricks will match those the house is built from, so potentially can be used to build raised beds and other features around the garden. 

    Many thanks


  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,831

    If you can, then get rid. We have taken over 30 tons of  rubbish like this from the garden (and yes I do mean 30).

    However, many of our grass paths still have a thick layer of broken brick etc. underneath them. You cannot put a fork in , in a lot of places without hearing the dread, 'Clunk' as you hit something solid.

    Also there is a largish area, covered now in Bamboo, where there is a layer of about 18 inches of top soil over a solidish concrete surface. The Bamboo may now have put its roots through cracks and in to the whatever is underneath.


  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,346

    Can't help at all on the practical side of things............. you could make some lovely things for the garden with bricks, the older the betterimage

  • Rich77Rich77 Posts: 11

    thanks for all your advice

  • Jude14Jude14 Posts: 8

    Presumably there is no problem in housing concrete rubble for drainage under topsoil in raised beds? Nothing that will contaminate the plants?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,777

    Providing you've got sufficient root depth, the only thing to worry about that I know of is lime content which would preclude you growing lime-hating plants. 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Jude14Jude14 Posts: 8

    Okay, that's great.

    thank you

  • DyersEndDyersEnd Posts: 526

    I keep getting the dreaded 'clunk' when I'm digging in the flower bed I inherited when I moved in - broken bricks, lumps of concrete and bits of broken china.  The worst thing is that the weeds (bindweed in particular) just love to bury their roots under the lumps of concrete image

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