Re-laying a small lawn - PREPARATION Question?

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  1. jim999

    jim999 Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi

    I am extremely inexperienced at gardening but at the end of last year I decided I'd finally had enough of what passed for a small lawn in the back garden and I was going to re-lay it.

    I removed all the old turf with an adze, (surprisingly easy), and turned the soil over a few times, it's very heavy clay type soil but went OK. Now that spring has sprung remnants of grass and a more than a few weeds are starting to reappear.......I need to turn the soil over a good few more times to break it down so my questions are....

    1) Do I need to try and remove anything that's reappeared or can I just 'mulch' it back in again when I turn the soil over again? (I've bought a small rotovator so hopefully not too much effort to do as many times as needed).

    2) While I am in the process of doing the above is there anything I should or would be advised to add to the soil before laying the new turves? Nutrients? Sand?

    I appreciate this will be really basic stuff to most of you but would really appreciate any help or a link to somewhere will do.

    Many Thanks

    Jim
     
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    Sheal Total Gardener

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    Jim it may be basic to a number of us here but we all had to start somewhere, so if you don't ask questions you won't build your own knowledge. This is what Gardeners Corner is all about - helping others. It doesn't matter how much experience we have, gardening is a subject we never stop learning about. :)

    You can take the chance and turn them back in but some weeds like dandelions may set there roots down again. Any grass re-growth should eventually die off when turned back in. There may also be seeds in the ground that have laid dormant which could also be shooting now.

    Clay tends to hold nutrients but it would be a good idea to dig in sand or small gravel and compost to help keep the clay open allowing better drainage after rain.

    We have a Lawns forum that may be of help to you....

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  3. Graham B

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    I used to have heavy clay soil at a previous house. You can't add sand to the clay in enough quantity to make a difference. However you can put a thin layer of sand and peat (or peat substitute) over the whole area and use a rake to scrape it around a bit into the top of the soil. That'll help the grass seed to establish better.

    Do be warned that after digging, the soil isn't going to be perfectly flat, no matter what you do. Plan on top dressing the lawn at intervals in the second year and beyond, to level out the lumps and bumps.
     
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