Soil Preparation
For a New Lawns

Soil preparation is very important to prepare your soil for laying a new lawn. Whether it is seed or turf, preparing your soil creates the foundation for your new lawn and makes sure it can absorb all the nutrients and water.

The more time to take in preparing  the soil the better the outcome of your lawn, and you will not be fault fixing after it has been laid or sown. Depending on how big an area to have to prepare the size of your new lawn, make sure you allow enough time do not rush, you need the best start for your lawn.

Getting the Soil Ready

The first step in getting your soil ready is to remove any large objects, stones, glass, bricks, paving slabs etc. If you have any heavy concrete you may have to hire some machinery to help you remove it.

After you have done this you should have a look at your lawn area for perennial weeds. The most common are nettles, thistles and dock leaves. So depending on what you find you may need a chemical weed killer. If you do use one make sure you are able to turf or sow on it after. Always check you dilute the chemical to the right amount and remember safety.

Getting the Soil Ready

The first step in getting your soil ready is to remove any large objects, stones, glass, bricks, paving slabs etc. If you have any heavy concrete you may have to hire some machinery to help you remove it.

After you have done this you should have a look at your lawn area for perennial weeds. The most common are nettles, thistles and dock leaves. So depending on what you find you may need a chemical weed killer. If you do use one make sure you are able to turf or sow on it after. Always check you dilute the chemical to the right amount and remember safety.

Remove Roots and Weeds

You can of course dig the weeds out and make sure you get as much of their roots out as you can. Do not cut them they will keep on growing. Remember dig them up with the roots in tact if you can then pile them up and burn them. If you have vegetation or old lawn, trim it down to as near to the ground as you can.

Machines can be hired or purchased that can remove the top layer of turf from your old lawn. You can also remove this old turf with a spade. They can be stacked upside down on each other and will decompose and turn into compost.

Once the lawn site is clear of all weeds, stones and any shrubs that you need to transfer. Remember roots, trees and shrubs can easily damage your lawn as they will all be fighting for sunlight and water, so water well because the lawn can become weakened and become yellow and patchy.

Digging - Soil Preparation

Now to dig the soil and add ant soil conditioner, compost, bone meal etc. These soil conditioners will improve the texture and drainage of the soil and give the new turf or seed a good head start. Ideally digging over the soil should be done a few months before you lay or sow the lawn. This will give it time to settle.You would be best to let the soil settle and become firm, so that when you come to lay the turf or sow the seed you will have a nice even ground.

Rake Soil

Rake the soil over with a heavy rake or soil rake. You can hire a heavy roller to firm the soil down or if it is a small area you can tread up and down, side to side, make sure you do this when the soil is dry. If you firm the soil when it is wet you will degrade the soil structure.


We hope you have found this information on soil preparation for new lawns useful. If you need further assistance please contact us for more advice and information. Don't forget you can also get garden turf, soil and compost delivered straight to your home. Call us on 020 8421 5977 to find out more about our delivery price and delivery areas or see here for more detail

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