I'm new to the forum and had a quick look around and couldn't find any
other posts which answer this question.
I have an area of ground (11m x 4m) which I would like to have turfed in
April. The soil in my garden is black and clay like to a depth of 30-40
cm with yellow clay beneath and there is a drainage problem in that all
the water from the field at the back of my house runs onto my carden so
it does get waterclogged.
I have put in some drains which removes a lot of the water however a
substantial ammount of it still rests on top of any compacted soil
areas. I want to make sure that when I lay the turf the soil underneath
is as well prepared as possible and try and get it draining a bit
I was thinking of getting 30 bags of sharp sand (about the size of a 20l
bag of compost) and 30 x 60/70l bags of cheap compost and mixing them in
to my soil before I lay the turf. Its also been suggested that laying
topsoil may be better but this would be more expensive and it seems a
waste given my 'top'soil is very rich in nutrients.
Does anyone know what the best thing to do is?