After many years of neglect I have decided to make a new lawn in th
back garden.I have cleared brambles roots etc, removed what old gras
there was left and now want to level the ground.The area is 22 x 4
approx and is bordered by a concrete path down the long side and pati
paving at the rear of the house.
My question is should I make the ground level with the path/patio o
perhaps slightly lower to allow for the height of the grass?
Appologies if this seems a stupid question but I am by no means
Thanks in advance
ahhhhhh HELP...Ive been shoveling/raking dirt around the garden now fo
2 hours and its no flatter than it was in the first place! Ooops ther
another weed.... more large stones, the heal of my boot has just made
3 inch hole in the ground.
How flat is flat?
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated
I took it to mean s/he has an existing concrete walk and patio, and wants to
redo only the neglected yard/garden area. So he is asking how far below
the top of the sidewalk/patio should s/he should dig/rake/level the dirt
what sort of grass are you growing? How well draining is your soil? I have
truf rye and fescue and the grass grows a little higher than the paths, a
couple of cms. The grass itself bushes and I have encouraged that so whilst
the ground level is roughly level with the path or slightly under it, the
stems of the grass and the green growth sticks above it. The grass may be a
little over thatched however that does not worry me greatly, I have a good
supply of worms that do a job in eating it down and moisture percolates
through the soil well. When I mow I run the wheels the the mower along the
path and it makes no discernible difference to the grass. Some people
recommend a slight fall off to the grass to allow water to run off the
paths. I don't have much of a problem with this as my soil is very well
draining. If you have heavy soil which does not drain well having it at path
level will leave the water little place to go quickly whereas dropping the
soil level down a bit will create a place for the water to go and slowly
I think the primary concern should be to avoid a problem when driving a
lawnmower or walking across the sod and hard surfaces. You want to have a
safe and easy transition.
Make the ground level with the hard surface. If you're going to put in sod
rathr than seed, level the lawn so that the grass blade base is at the same
level as the patio. The reason is not for the health of the grass, but to
make it easier to move a lawnmower, cart or wagon across the area without
having to lift it up to clear the hard surface, and to prevent a tripping
problem. Don't make the grass surface higher than the hard surface because
rainfall may tend to collect and run off down the hard surface rather than
soak into the lawn.
Also, although no one's mentioned it, make sure you have it graded properly
so that drainage runs away from the house or other structure and does not
cause a problem for your neighbors. You may also want to consider creating
a subtle swale to better direct the water in the right direction.
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