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Bob Skunkhouse
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:57 pm    Post subject: Efficient top dressing Reply with quote

Hi,

I've a newish lawn that was a bit patchy in places so I applied a bit of top dressing and new lawn seed and it worked a treat. I've now decided to top dress the rest of the lawn also. I've aerated the lawn and have half a lorry load of top soil delivered. I thought it would be a matter of spreading the topsoil using the quarter inch rule but to my horror the soil is lumpy and stones through out it ( not too many tho), but at the same time too granular to leave a fine blanket. I'm now sieving 11 tonnes of topsoil which isn't the nicest of jobs, and not too good for the auld back!

Any advice on a quicker method of doing this as I've only about a third done in two half days?
If I used the soil rake to spread evenly then a leaf rake to gather up the stones and lumps, would this be easier do ye think?

Thanks,
Bob.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

get a large sheet of metal mesh 8x4 x 2 inches sq tack it 3x2 timvber use a plant to support it and throw the soil at it to sieve Ill have a look for a pic on net for you,
http://www.earth-auroville.com/tanzania_july_2009_en.php
scroll down the site and third picture on right is the idea im trying to explain
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