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  • Dave Humby says:

    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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  • Hi. Thanks for this advice. I am going to go over the lawn again today with the rotavator one landscape rake to achieve the slope. Then if I have time to work in the bs soil and level ready for turfing next week. Got a few aches and pains from raking yesterday though. Thanks for all the help people.

    Today I am thinking of making a screed from some 2 x 4's attached 3 length ways and some runners and string. Anyone used this method before? From the reviews online it looks pretty effective.

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,245

    You're doing a good job there - hard work.

    We (well - the landscaper image) recently did a lot of work sorting out levels and putting a new lawn in our back garden. 

    We imported 14 tonnes of top soil to make the levels work around a new patio and to fill lots of troughs around the garden. Because the land slopes anyway there was always going to be a very slight general slope to the new lawn - but the actual lawn itself now has an even rather than an undulating surface.

    There is a hedge to one side of the garden and we were able to sort out the excess height / sudden difference in level at the edge of the garden under the hedge. If you are unable to do something similar I suggest that you put in a length of retaining gravel board about 6" back from the fence and fill the space between your gravel board and the base of the fence with shingle. This will stop a wall of soil touching and eventually rotting the fence.

    After the topsoil was laid a lawn roller was used over the whole garden to remove air pockets and firm the soil. It was then raked before laying the turf.

    I think the final levelling etc was done by eye but I have seen lengths of board used to check there are no dips or peaks.

    Last edited: 14 May 2017 09:36:37

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Thank you for the info. That is a plan with the shingle. Do you get many cats pooing in it though?

    Our garden does slope from right to left quite a bit but I am hoping to reduce this a little today so it is not noticeable by the eye. A flat surface is my overall goal though.

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,245

    We have a lot of shingle around the garden (paths, drive etc etc) and there has been no problem with cats.

    My boy keeps the neighbours away and (for his own use) has access to much softer veg beds, nursery beds, freshly dug borders.... image

    As I said our whole garden still slopes left to right - but it's not really noticeable anymore. The new patio is square with the house - the lawn squares with patio and the lawn mower no longer feels like it's on a roller coaster - so I'm happy.

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,145

    A little bit of run-off is never a bad thing DB. Drainage. 

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