Hello I'm new to this site and sorry my first post is so long
I recently (springtime) moved to a new house and after 20 years living
in a top storey flat I now find my self with a fair sized back garden
(about 73 ft x 23 ft).
The soil is heavy acidic clay and has been up until this week
waterlogged in some areas and at best 'moist' in others its south
facing and surrounded by a 6 foot high fence on 3 sides, meaning I have
good wind shelter and lots of sunshine (when that happens).
The top part nearest the house is taken over by a patio (13 x 13 feet)
and 2 huts take up the rest of the 23ft width, the patio is raised and
garden 'lawn' is accessed by one step down. The rest of the garden goes
down on a slight slope but it's not significant. The patio has a
circular concrete thing, not quite in the middle but on the patio, the
rest of the patio was covered in fairly chunky stone chippings that had
to be removed immediately for health reasons and for want of somewhere
else to shift them I moved them all down to the bottom of the garden, I
put down a weed fabric membrane before laying them and they take up the
entire 23 ft with and 6 foot length, I so wish I hadn't done this as now
I have ideas to create a bog garden down there but at the time it was
completely waterlogged and I had no idea what to do with it.
Anyway the rest of the garden is 'lawn' except a snake like gravelled
path. The previous tenant before the last one was an avid gardener and
at some point dug up most of the garden and mixed the soil with shale
from one of the 'bings' that occur in my area thanks to the mining of
shale for parrafin. I think it's illegal to take this stuff now. I can
see the clear outlines of beds that he worked on and will create my beds
to follow that because although it's clay it doesn't stick is and well
separated by the shale I will of course incorporate topsoil and
fertiliser. The problem is the lawn it is prone to water logging in wet
weather and is covered in moss weeds and dead grass and I'm not sure
what to do with it.
Already I've been forced to choose artificial turf for the patio because
there was no other option as it was so uneven underneath and most of my
budget has been blown on that. I don't want a picture perfect lawn but
it would be nice to walk on it on a sunny day in my bare feet and feel
real grass. Thanks for any help you can give me on my lawn and what to
do with the gravelled area at the bottom.