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  • Fairygirl says:

    It won't be cheap for an area that size unfortunately.  image

    Can you get hold of some well rotted manure? If you dig that in and level it, you could away with a lot less soil. I think six inches is quite a lot anyway. How about trying to negotiate with a supplier on the cost?

    Or only doing one area of it for now? That could be easier, but it would depend on what you do with the rest of it! 

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    We do have a stables close but not sure I really want to have to start breaking up and mixing in other things due to the work involved as I am wanting to get this done asap and only have the weekends free and would like to add topsoil at the weekend


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,350

    Have to get out and sell yourself on the streets then d'boy...image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hehe. 

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    I still think it would be worthwhile to rotovate it first, then level it before laying topsoil and/or turf. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Hello, Rolawn here!  I hope you don't mind us offering some advice.

    I do have a concern that the existing soil may be compacted as a result of the work you have done with the digger.  As 'Hogweed' suggested, it would be beneficial to rotovate the existing soil, to at least a few inches, prior to doing any further work, as compaction can inhibit the establishment of new turf, and in extreme cases, the lawn may fail as a result.  If you can rotovate the ground, you should then find that just a couple of inches of new topsoil would be sufficient.

    I also notice a number of trees in the garden, but can't see how tall they are - does the canopy create much shade, or will the lawn get plenty of light (which is pretty vital to it's survival)?  If they create large shaded areas I would recommend cutting them back if possible, otherwise you may experience some thinning of the lawn in those areas.

  • Hi. I don't mind at all. I think it is really kind of you actually and we really appreciate it. It looks like we will need to hire a rotavator and don't this way. Probably order 14m3 of topsoil to go on top.

    We do have a few tree's yes and we will be thinning them out quite a bit. To be honest though, they are not that large on the top. 

  • Can anyone recommend a screed rake for leveling an area of 250m2? 

  • That sounds great regarding the trees; try to get as much light in as you can to give the new lawn the best chance.

  • Thanks for all the advice guys. Been a busy day rotavating the ground and clearing all stones and old wood chippings. Tomorrow I shall rotavator again and then add 20m3 of top soil. Can some one recommend the best way to level the area? I bought a landscape rake but some dents are wide than this so thinking of a scaffold boars.  Also, our garden is higher than the neighbours all around us so our soil is higher than the neighbours fences gravel boards. We need some ideas as to the best way to make the transition from our level topsoil to the gravel boards. I am thinking a slope is the only option but how do we go about creating this slope. See pictures attached.

    Regards Lee imageimage

  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,145

    Looks like you are reaping the rewards for a lot of hard work. For your area near to the fence where you have a disparity over levels how about making a planting boarder in this area and bring the lawn in a couple or so yards. 

    Alternatively as you have access to a rotavator why not graduate the level and reduce the height in this area?  

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