Hi all. I want to sow some grass seed on an area of my garden which has
been very bare, covered in*ivy, twigs, stones ect for a long time, its
quite shady for about 2/3rds of it too as its under some tall trees and
at the back of the garden, its about 12 sq metres in a long rectangular
strip, 2m wide x 6m long. I have tried to get rid of the debris and have
forked and raked the soil, raking as much as i can and treadind down,
there were loads of bulbs too which i have dug up and lots of stones,
some big ones as well as lots of small ones. I have also put some
general fertilzer granules on it a couple of weeks ago and today was my
first opportunity to get to work on sowing the grass since 2 weeks of
rain. Anyway I came to start it this morning and where I had raked there
were now hundreds of stones which have come to the surface I think
because of the rain washing the soil away. I have tried raking some more
but I can still see stones under the soil when I rake and I can only
think that the same thing will happen even if I did rake it again and
try to get rid of the stones, once it rains again. They are mostly small
stones 1-2 cm in size, i think there are bigger ones below the surface.
So anyway what I want to know is what should I do about the stones? Do I
need to put a load of top soil on the top to cover the stones and if so
how much? I am half contemplating just turfing it, but would i need to
put a load of top soil down under that too? i hope you can help me.
The stones are about 1/2 - 3/4", so they aren't really big.
Other factor is how many there are. If there is plenty of soil
showing in between, ie, it's 80%+ soil, not stone, then I agree with
the above. I'd rake it out a bit. Since the soil
was disturbed, if it's just lightly raked now, next rain you
probably won't get as many showing up again.
But, on the other hand, it's only a 12 sq m area. If screened
topsoil is available for a reasonable price and the increase in
height isn't an issue, might want to price out buying the topsoil.
For a small job like this, could buy it by the bag.
Should also make sure the seed is appropriate for shade.
Ben Emms wrote:
for a marginal area at the back of a
garden along a wooded area grass is not too
likely to do all that well.
instead of spending money on sod or
topsoil find whatever you can scrounge for
organic materials and add that slowly on
the surface then let native plants take
over the area. they are adapted to the
soil and the light and won't need any care
if you want to mow it once in a while
that is fine. set the mower on the higher
settings, use a mulching mower and have at
or you can put down a few inches of wood
chips over cardboard and smother whatever is
there and then plant shade loving decorative
plants in holes through the cardboard. water
a few times to get them established and then
they'll gradually take over the space as the
cardboard and wood chips degrade. no mowing
needed for that area then. you won't see the
stones any longer.
and/or find shade tolerant decorative shrubs
that will provide berries and flowers for the
birds and bees.
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