Gardening Novice looking for some Advice

Discussion in 'NEW Gardeners !' started by Steph1, May 15, 2020.

  1. Steph1

    Steph1 Apprentice Gardener

    May 14, 2020
    Hi guys, new to the forum and completely new to gardening so a bit clueless despite hours of searching online.

    I have recently moved house and have a fair sized garden (total area 170m²). This comprises of mostly grass apart from one square section (approx 12m² that had been dug up and replaced with bark as a kids play section).

    Not after anything fancy here, just a good quality lawn with no weeds! It was absolutely infested with all sorts of weeds but mostly dandelions - I dug out several hundred dandelions a fortnight agowhich was made easy with my new weed remover but it has inevitably left unsightly pot holes everywhere. I then sprayed the whole area with selective weedkiller in a pressure sprayer.

    My plan is as follows:
    -One week from now now the lawn really short
    -aerate + scarify
    - fill the small holes with topsoil and also place a thicker layer of top soil in the barren 12m² section
    -spread grass seed with spreader
    -water regularly (have purchased a garden sprayer attachment for hose) and cut grass to correct length once its growing

    Main concerns and areas I am unsure about are:

    - type and quantity of top soil I require - seems this can get very expensive

    - what to do with the soil cores after aerating and can I spread the grass seed straight after this

    -how best to prepare the soil in the bare area prior to seeding

    Any help would be hugely appreciated :)

    Can post pics if that helps

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