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Tips and advice needed for new lawn.

I've give in! I'm lifting my lawn atm as its a right state, there is more weeds, clover, thatch, moss and nettles than what there is on the wild field out the back of me.

So I've give in I'm going to lay a new lawn. I'm having some top soil delivered to raise the lawn a bit but is there anything I should put on it before I put the grass seed down?
Is there anything I can do to stop weeds growing while the seed is rooting?

Any hits, tips or advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks guys



  • MrToastMrToast Posts: 169

    I am no expert but you could kill the existing lawn and weeds before lifting it.

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Are you cutting the old lawn off, machines can be hired to take off the top layer which can be stacked upside down in a corner and will turn into lovely loam in a year.

    The top soil you are getting should be put through a riddle to remove any weed or stones in it. The old lawn once the grass is removed should be dug over and if needed some drainage mixed in. ( for a top class lawn the soil should be dug out, drainage put in then the soil returned) time and money allowing. If not mix some washed sand in the top soil you bought and spread it evenly, rake it level using a plank on edge to make sure there are no dips or humps. The important bit is the gardeners shuffle as you work your way up and down pressing the soil firm then another gentle rake.

    Now is it seed of which there are many kinds depending on what kind of lawn you want, or rolls which come in varying qualities, the best money allows.

    Seed will show quite quickly and let it grow on before trying to cut it treating any bare patches with more seed raked in. If rolls then make sure all the edges are tight, trim of the spare and then water on a daily basis for at least two weeks.

    It is hard work, no easy way and not a quick fix, money is often the deciding factor seed being cheaper than good rolls, that is up to you.

    This is a very brief summary of the work ahead, then we are gardeners and know nothing comes easy we have to work at it.


  • 4390evans4390evans Posts: 34
    is it best to get seed with or without rye and why. thanks for the help you guys
  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Again this depends on the usage, children and animals you need a tough lawn, a Bowling green is a totally different matter, I used to help maintain one of those and it was hard work.

    The lawn seed will be marked as general purpose tough or soft and the people selling it will be happy to explain, you will know the use it will get so be careful in your choice.

    Once it is ready and seeded come back as the first few months of a new lawn needs some special treatment.


  • The rye grass will help where there's higher usage - it's tough stuff. Fescues are fine, for that soft lawn to walk on in bare feet!  Your supplier should be able to advise, as Frank's said.  Preparation is the key.  It makes the world of difference to the finished product.  HC

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,014

    If you have a field backing onto your garden, be prepared to keep on top of weeding and feeding if you want a nice lawn - you'll always get lots of stuff coming in. It goes with the territory I'm afraid. A good routine in spring and autumn will be necessary to keep it looking good and it's worth doing it if you're going to the trouble of preparing a new one. image

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  • 4390evans4390evans Posts: 34

    I've managed to get all the old turf off now its bare I'm bringing up soil from the bottom of the garden just to fill out gaps and holes. I'm going to have to raise the sides and put some planks along it as one side has more or less merged with my border. 

    The rest of my garden is mostly weed free as I have a lot of veg in my borders with the flowers etc but I know Im going to get the odd few. I think I might just top it up with the soil and leave it so rest and go about pulling weeds till the end of summer then put the seed down.


    Thanks guys image

  • Hi 4390evans. My business is garden maintenance, don't worry I'm not going to sell to you, but i have some advice.

    First make sure you buy your new turf direct from the grower and not a diy store. You will get a better price and a much better quality turf. They will also be able to advise you on the best make up of the turf. So if your garden is shady then they will be able to provide you with turf that is better suited to this.

    Never lay the new turf over old grass. make sure the site is prepared before ordering and then once the turf turns up make sure you are ready to lay it that day. Th refresher  the turf the better the end result will be.

    Make sure the soil is not compacted and apply a pre turfing fertiliser, this will help the turf root. give the area to be turfed a good water before you start.

    lay the turf as soon as possible and think about the shape of your new lawn. Tight corners make it hard for you to be able to get the lawn mower round.

    once the lawn is down check that it is well rooted before you start to mow it, and a good lawn care programme is important so you don't end up with what you had before. Check my website/blogs for advice on lawn mowing and lawn care @

    enjoy the new garden

  • Greg4Greg4 Posts: 88
    When you have prepared the site, dug it over, you could let the site fallow for a few weeks to allow any weed seeds to germinate and then hoe them off before you lay the new turf.
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