It has been many years since I did any gardening - the last time was
over 20 years ago as a child - and I have no experience whatsoever with
lawns. I am starting again now with a new house. My current task is to
turn what is still the remains of a building site into a garden and the
very first thing I need to do is to lay a lawn along the side of the
house. I am hoping that I will get some useful tips here. I give a few
a. The side of the house is 11m long and tapers from 4m down to just
b. Along the 11m length the ground slopes downwards towards the street -
a total drop of around 50cm.
c. The soil appears to be very well drained but is somewhat rocky - the
remains of the build.
What I want to do is to use rollout turf to lay a lawn here. I want
something that will be low maintenance and will do a good job of
stopping weeds and other unwanted guests growing through.
a. What sort of ground preparation do I need? Should I, for instance,
lay a good layer of garden soil before I lay the turf?
b. Should I consider breaking up the 11m length so the slope in each
section is somewhat less than the current grade of 4.5%?
c. What are the options with rollout turf - is there just the one kind
or are there many varieties.
d. What sort of regular maintenance will be required? Will I be able to
avoid use of chemical pesticides & weed killers?
OK - I am a real newbie and it shows. But I hope that I will get some
useful advice nevertheless
- posted 10 years ago