I recently moved house. The new house has an awful back garden. Th
lawn is patchy and full of moss. The soil beneath the lawn ranges fro
almost pure sand to a light, sandy topsoil. (I live in Holland -
guess this was part of the seabed a few hundred years ago!). Th
garden lawn is partially sunny - a fence shades one half of the law
for much of the day.
What should I do?
I have tried a bit of moss killer, but it is clear that this is goin
to leave me with a *lot* of bare patches. I'm thinking that the onl
thing to do is to rotavate the whole garden, apply a layer of topsoi
and then lay new turf. Is this the best approach? Or is ther
something else I should do
You have poor air movement through your turf which is encouraging th
I wouldn't start again because you will effectively ruin any soi
structure you may already have.
When the ground is dry, push a garden fork deep into the surface t
'open it up' a little. This should be done as many times as is possibl
over the entire lawn area.
Then, give the moss a good raking over to remove as much thatch a
possible exposing some soil, overseed with a good quality dwar
ryegrass based seeds mixture, roll well, then finally feed at least 2-
times a year.
Do not use moss killer on new grass seedlings, it will burn them up.
Given that you have very sandy soil which is prone to fertility losse
I would mulch all your clippings back onto the ground to recycle a
many nutrients as possible. This will also encourage worm activity an
keep your soil 'open' to some extent
I'd go with rototilling the whole thing and starting over. If there
are weeds, you can apply Roundup/glyphosate when they are actively
growing. Before tilling, spread a few inchs of humus, which could be
composted leaves, well seasoned manure, or similar organic matter that
is available in your area. That will give you a much improved soil,
which will save years of frustration.
Test and adjust the PH as needed. Then re-seed using a high quality
seed that is suited for the environment. Apply starter fertilizer and
keep constantly moist for several weeks, then gradually back off the
Other choice instead of re-seeding is sod, but of course more $$$
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