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Waterlogged lawn in rented property. Quick fixes or right off?

Morning all. 

It's at this point that I must admit I have no experience I  gardening. 

I've moved to a property on an old 'new build' estate (around 17 years old) in a rented house in Newport South Wales. There is a small garden with a patio, lawn and decking area. 

The lawn itself is very patchy, weedy and covered in weird tendrils. Though it dies sometimes dry out slowly, the lawn is very marshy, with a very clay like soil. The Welsh weather hasn't given it much chance to dry out, but even when it's been consistently dry the soil remains very damp. 

Question is, what are my options? The property is rented and though I intend to stay a while I don't want to splash out money on redoing stuff if my position changes. 

Are there any quick wins? Should the whole thing be gravelled or paved (as I see my neighbours have done...) or can I do anything to recover it so I can atleast least walk on it... 

If I were to gravel/pave it how much would it likely to be (if done as cheaply as possible...) 

Thanks. 

Joeimage

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Looks like you may have the dreaded horsetail growing there, too (the trendril things.) image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Hi Joe. I've just seen those weedy bits on another thread, here's a link.

    http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/identification-required/994712.html

    With regard to the cost of paving/gravelling, that would depend on the size of the area, choice of materials etc.  

  • Thanks for the replies. 

    Took me a while to identify it but definitely seems like horsetail (so hard to Google something when you're not sure on the name). Thanks for the confirmation. 

    The stuff is swarming all over. Looks like some lovecraftian nightmare. 

    image

    The lawn/bog area is around 3.5 by 5 meters. 

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