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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:36 am    Post subject: Terrible garden...where to start Reply with quote

Hi All,
bought my house over a year ago and at the time the garden seemed fine. The builder kept the lawn cut and tidy looking. However as soon as I moved in i found that the gardens both front and back retain water and are in a pretty bad state.
In my first summer I could keep the lawn looking ok with constant mowing, but it was on hard ground which with any rainfall turned to mud. I ignored this for the winter, but as soon as the kids started looking to go out and play on the swings, I was reminded again of my muddy garden.
What are my options here? I'd like to get it sorted out this year as every year I leave it is a year wasted. A friend advised me that I should just get the whole lot dug up and lay some stone and then overlay with topsoil....Not what I had planned as I thought when i moved in that I had a nice base of a garden.

Anyway, site is almost .5 acre. any ideas on what cost would be to rip everything up and start again?

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like you've been left with sub-soil which is badly compacted. You could get it all broken up, not an easy job, but probably best, work it as best as you can to level it off etc then buy in some good quality topsoil and cover it with that, you then have a blank canvass. Cost? Well that's the length of string question.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a similar problem, check this thread http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2092&highlight=

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if u need to dig it up i suggest getting a farmer with a rotervater in
then roll it
then sow lawn seed
the roll again
dont forget to water in dry weather

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