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bungaro
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:59 pm    Post subject: restocking the soil in backgarden Reply with quote

hi all,
have been digging up my back garden due to poor drainage because of the clay soil and am in the process sourcing good quality topsoil in the cork area (any recommendations greatly appreciated!). i read some where else that once i spread out the soil evenly that i should leave it a while before i plant any grass as it might sink down a bit, i'm assuming this is the soil compacting a bit?? so can anyone tell me how long i should wait before topping up the topsoil and planting the grass again??
thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

soil on average settles to 80% of its height after a heavy rainfall and after a lapde of about 2-3 months. The deeper the amount of soil added the longer the time interval. You mentioned drainage in your query. Adding soil will improve things but solve the drainage issue first.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks michael. i'm hoping that with the changing of the soil that this should help a lot of the drainage issues, the garden itself is pretty small and i don't think i'd be able to install french drains there. so i'm planning to put a layer of horticultural grit and the topsoil on top (with maybe a mixture of compost) and then top it up again in about 2 months. does this sound reasonably good if i can't install a drain system in the garden??
thanks again

one other thing, i just noticed there that you're location is in cork, do you know of any good places for topsoil??
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Topsoil in Cork. Ex sugar beet fields.

From Mallow area. 086 261 7420. Tony. Will deliver.

(I have no connection or experience with him.)

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if the soil is from beet fields then it is worthwhile, get it if you can, I have no connection with Tony.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

will give him a shout, cheers kindredspirit
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