Help needed on gardening project! Turfing etc. Photos attached.

Hi there, we are working on our back garden and looking to get some grass grown for our kids to enjoy. As you can see from the photos the grass that is left is patchy and weed ridden, so we were thinking of digging it up and laying some turf for a quicker fix than planting seed. The only issue is that the area is on a slight slope, and ideally we wish to raise the slope so that there is no drop down when stepping off of the tarmac paths. We thought we would dig up the current "grass", turn it over, bring in some topsoil to raise the height of the slope, and then turf on top. Does this sound like a feasible option? And if so, can anyone give us advice or tips to improve on that? Otherwise, any other options would appreciated.
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On Mon, 2 Jul 2012 11:19:37 +0000, jhughe32

Sounds like a whole lot of work to me. I'd lay down a light occlusive mulch like old carpet upside down or multiple layers of newspaper or my favorite corrugated cardboard. In a couple of months, virtually everything under will be dead, and you can till the newspaper or rotting cardboard into the soil, along with whatever you've decided for soil amendments. Till deeply and thoroughly, rake into the contours you want, and plant.
Remember fresh sod is fragile stuff, and the kids will have to stay off it (as well as seedling grass) till the roots are well established. Early fall is a great time to plant either seed or sod of cool season grasses, and you'll have less of a burden watering them and keeping them at the correct temperature in the fall than in summer.
Do you know how to do a soil shake test? That will tell you a lot about what amendments you might want for the soil. When I hear someone saying they're going to add something to the soil without saying what problem they're trying to correct, I start getting a little nervous.
I don't know if you can get this book easily over there, and it's a bit old, but it's the title I give to beginning gardeners. There's a very nice set of chapters on soil, water, light, weeds, etc., as well as one on lawns. As you can guess from the name, it's geared to organic gardening; even if you prefer to use, say, synthetic fertilizers, it's a good foundation for understanding the basics of gardening and why certain factors are important. <http://www.worldcat.org/title/rodales-chemical-free-yard-garden-the-ultimate-authority-on-successful-organic-gardening/oclc/22810546&referer=brief_results
Looks like it might be available on amazon.co.uk for a couple quid.
I'd take my time choosing what species to plant... for instance, there are some seeds that are called "high endophyte" -- they've been inoculated with a "good fungus" that actually lives inside the grass plant and helps the plant resist various diseases and problems. You've got kids, so you'll want to choose strains of grasses that will resist a lot of foot traffic, not the ones used for golf greens. By choosing wisely, you can reduce the amount of work and effort you'll need to pour into a lawn.
Kay
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Kay Lancaster;963333 Wrote: > On Mon, 2 Jul 2012 11:19:37 +0000, jhughe32 > snipped-for-privacy@gardenbanter.co.uk wrote:-

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Thanks very much for that informative reply. We've followed pretty much exactly what you said and so far it has worked great. turf being laid tomorrow! thanks again.
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