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New Front Lawn

I'm about to embark on a new front lawn after removing the existing 1980's paving slabs. Under them I discovers a hardcore layer of brittle tarmac. The area drains very well and being rather on the lazy side I wonder if I could put topsoil on top of this layer and then lay my turf.

A good idea??? Over to you wonderful people...


  • You need to remove the Tarmac or it will pond when soils on top
  • JensonJenson Posts: 26

    Thanks guys...I guess the tarmac is coming up.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,739

    in the words of Roy Cropper:

    " if you fail to prepare: you should prepare to fail"

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    PPPPPPP, as I leaned from my Naval friends.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,739

    you've lost me Steve.


  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Proper prior planning prevents pretty poor performance (except that they didn't use 'pretty')

    And Roy Cropper (who he?)'s phrase was much in use too.

  • Hi Jenson I would remove the tarmac and try to use it elsewhere in the garden..

    Then import topsoil/rake it/walk on it to settle it in/lightly rake again then turf it

    over.Its quite a job but you will get great satisfaction when finished.

    I have tried cutting corners on projects before but it seldom works.

    Anyway good luck with this project..
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