Laying turf - conflicting advice!
We're about to move house, where there's a smallish, level NNE facing garden. It's currently home to just paving slabs and an overgrown laurel, so we'd like to have a lawn and flower beds. However I'm getting conflicting advice on how best to prep the ground.
I know we'll need to dig out as much hardcore as possible. After that, some say add peat, and some say compost is best. Some say add some gravel for drainage, others say don't bother. Some say add 4in of topsoil as the final layer, some say 6in.
And finally, I've heard we should lay the turf in October as it discourages early weed growth. Other views are to keep it as soil only until early spring so the turf doesn't get ruined in winter wet weather.
I don't yet know the soil pH but most of our area in SE London has thick clay soil. In past houses nearby, we've suffered squelchy grass and moss in winter and cracked ground in summer.
All thoughts welcome!