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Old 31-05-2012, 01:29 PM
Scooby99 Scooby99 is offline
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Default Pre-treating soil before turfing

Hi I am a gardening novice and I would very much welcome some advice re laying some new turf.

Our back garden is very difficult to access (down steps etc). I have recently removed an area of stone chips (which were sitting on membrane) which was laid many years ago and we want to extend our existing lawn to cover this area. Unfortunately, the quality of the soil under this area is poor - only one weed has grown in the exposed soil it in nearly 3 weeks !

I know the ideal would be to remove 3 to 4 the existing topsoil and replace with new soil, but due to the access issues and the fact that this would means transporting perhaps 2 tones of soil off site and bringing 2 tones of new soil on site, this is a problem.

Is there some sort of soil treatment (via watering can, granules etc) I could apply to the existing soil to re-vitalise it before turfing, rather than having to remove it.

Many thanks for any help you can give.

Scooby 99