Removing years of neglected to lay a lawn
I have just bought my first home and have been presented with a wood chip covered back yard, all sat on weed proof matting. There is a concrete pad, 1.5x1m in size to one side that used to house a concrete coal shed that I have smashed up.
I have started to bag up the wood chip and remove the matting, only to reveal, this layer was hiding a layer of small stone on yet another layer of weed matting. To complete the mess, under the layer of stones, it seems there is an old concrete path running up through the middle then across the top.
I am looking for some advice on what is the minimum I can do to lay turf without it requiring a huge amount of care.
To complicate things, access to the garden is only by 2 sets of stairs, 1 up and 1 down. I am young(ish) and pretty fit, so up for the challenge.
A picture of the whole space. You can see the concrete pad to the left and the back half where I pulled back the wood chips to unveil the stone layer.
A close up of the wood chip pulled back to show the stone layer.
A close up of the concrete path that hides below the stone layer and covering about 20% of the garden area. It is about 4cm thick and I was able to smash with a few strikes with my lump hammer and cold chisel.
The old coal shed concrete plinth/pad, about 15cm deep, and was not effected at all by my 20 mins hammering with a lump hammer and cold chisel.
So here goes with some specific questions:
- Can I lay the turf without removing the stone layer? If so will I need an inch or so of top soil?
- How about when the stone and weed matting is sat directly on the concrete path?
- I want rid of the coal shed concrete pad/plinth, how can I get it into small enough chunks to get it in bags and to the tip?
All advice would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance,