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Chalk Problem

My son has recently bought his first house, built on the site of a former chalk pit, and the soil is only to a depth of 6" to 8" above a fairly solid layer of chalk. This means drainage is very poor and even without this last winter's rain the lawn is often reduced to a boggy squelch!

Are we going to have to remove the existing soil and try to dig out some of the chalk, or is there another way? He will be using decking and slate chippings in other parts of the garden, but really wants a half decent lawn area if at all possible.


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    I had this problem in a previous house. I ended up laying gravel on a membrane, and using loads of pots, it's an alternative that's all.

  • Jen72Jen72 Posts: 2

    I am not at all sure how thick the layer of chalk is. We have tried to drill into it with a view to making drainage holes, but don't seem to have managed to drill completely through the chalk layer.We think it is fairly thick.

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