New lawn being laid from seed.

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  1. jowwy

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    Question for lawn officionado’s…..


    Im goin to be laying a new lawn and putting down around 300mm deep of sand, soil, chippings for drainage…

    my idea is to put a layer of gravel, then sand and then soil……at around 100mm deep of each.

    Is that ok, or will it be not enough soil for the grass to grow???
     
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    Grass needs a minimum of 4 inches of soil Jowwy so your estimate of 100mm is not far off. The only concern I would have is with the sand and chippings underneath. Will it drain to easily for the grass to stay healthy, knowing the soil is at a minimum?
     
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      I can easily put 6” topsoil instead………i just want to try and make it as firm and flat as possible

      or i could replace the chippings for more sand instead???
       
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      If the soil underneath is clay then I would say leave the chippings and sand as you've suggested and add more topsoil.
       
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      Soil underneath is 2 tonne of topsoil and compost that i laid last year………..at around 8” in depth
       
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      Sorry, I meant the original base soil, not what you've laid yourself. With what you have laid already I would suggest that the chippings wouldn't be necessary if the ground drains well and just use the sand with that extra bit of topsoil.
       
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      Will do that then……..cheers sheal
       
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        Keep us informed on progress please. :)
         
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        Will do sheal……it looks like this at the moment

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        With this lot to add

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          Compared to mine it's perfect. :biggrin: I haven't started on my lawns yet, there is still too much taking priority in my garden - four and half years on.

          Shifting that lot will give you muscles and you'll know you've got them after a while. :)
           
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          Shifted them once already from front path to back garden…..i love my wheelbarrow lol
           
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            Yes, I'd be lost without my wheelbarrow too - for shifting rocks. :doh:
             
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            So today 2 tonne of sand and chippings arrived………chippings will be used now to fill up the boarders around the garden, before decorative stone arrives later in the year.
             
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              What sort of gravel are you putting down underneath the lawn? Is it so bad the it need the extra drainage .
               
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              Its not really for extra drainage. Its to help build up the slope in the cheapest way possible. Its pea chippings and at £45 a tonne, its way cheaper than another tonne of topsoil and will fill the space quicker.

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