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When you dig it over it will be lumpy with dead stuff in. Leave it a day and it will have dried a bit so it will break up easier. Add a bit of compost at this point mix it all together and rake it smooth but loose. Next, I used a hand fork and ploughed some furrows systematically and sprinkled seed in before brushing the soil back over. This gives a constant pattern when it grows rather than scattering and hoping for the best. I still had a few bits I had to resow. You do not want it to look like Rooney's bonce. :lol:

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Ok I’m braving it and going to dig up the whole garden - I take it this will be ok even with the big of grass that has grown?

Should I use top soil or just ordinary compost?

Sorry again for all the silly questions- I really have no clue with the whole garden world :?
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What you could do is after you have raked it in and watered it put a couple of black bags over it, that will keep it moist and it will come up in a week, then take the plastic off.
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Whatever you have will be good. I have never tried forcing under plastic like Adonis mentions above so I cannot comment on that bit. this will be a bit of a slog but do it in stages if you get tired. There is no hurry.

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Post by Deb25 »

Hello again!
The grass seed seems to be growing well now :thumbright: , only problem is there is a lot of patchy areas. My thinking is to cut the grass then add some more seed and soil - does sound like the right thing to do?
Thanks!
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Post by Chippo1 »

Yes that’s a plan , lawns look beautiful, as long as you remember they are an ongoing project.

Don’t forget Wimbledon and most high end football pitches are dug up and started agian every year
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Thank you! I put the grass seed down nearly 3 weeks ago, should I be able to cut it now or hold off a bit longer?
I’m definitely going to pay a lot more attention it it from now as it was a bit neglected :cb
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That looks good. You can cut but adust the mower to a high cut just to level it out a bit. The bare areas you need to do with a small hand fork. Plough some furrows and drop the seed in before covering over. I have done exactly that on mine and it is all a solid lush patch now. How did the steps go?

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Post by Deb25 »

Woohoo! Just need to wait for the rain to have a break and can get it cut!
The stairs are back to normal now and can walk up them without the worry of them collapsing :lol: we rarely use them but nice for them to be fixed for when we need to! You’ve been a great help!
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