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Old 30-07-2017, 10:34 PM   #11
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I was thinking of rotivating the lot and then seeding? My only problem is I have twin 3 year old boys and a six year old girl who love the garden...
Ok, that is fine, whether you want to spray it off and destroy it all first is up to you, glyphosate is very very safe and only needs a couple of hours until it is rain fast.

Wait until the grass is yellowing and dying and then you can rotovate it. With the medium term forecast for August being unsettled and damp the grass will jump out of the ground and be ready for the winter in no time.

It might pay to sprinkle some basic fertiliser into the seed bed before sowing. You don't need to go mad.

For scattering the seed it might pay to borrow or even buy one of those trundle along devices on wheels to spread it on.

Take the kids to the nearest play park or swimming pool instead of the garden, I can sympathise entirely as our near 2 year old just want's to be outside all of the time.
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It's not so much the chemicals it's the length of time from rotivating to allowing the kids out there!
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Go on a site called Pitchcare and buy a bag of Everris Renovator Pro, it's a weed feed and mosskiller, apply with a Scotts adjustable drop spreader. After a couple of weeks scarify the hell out of it, then reseed at the end of September
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Go on a site called Pitchcare and buy a bag of Everris Renovator Pro, it's a weed feed and mosskiller, apply with a Scotts adjustable drop spreader. After a couple of weeks scarify the hell out of it, then reseed at the end of September
I'm going to give this a go before I go to Defcon 5
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I'm going to give this a go before I go to Defcon 5
You'll be surprised how good it will look a couple of weeks after treatment, be sure to follow the instructions to the letter. That site also sells better seed than you'll get anywhere else
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Oh well, the best laid plans of mice and men...

If you can see the dip in front of the manhole cover? turns out that's a collapsed sewer pipe... The whole garden is about to be dug up to replace the pipe!
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Oh well, the best laid plans of mice and men...

If you can see the dip in front of the manhole cover? turns out that's a collapsed sewer pipe... The whole garden is about to be dug up to replace the pipe!
FANTASTIC.

You can now sort the soil underneath and establish a real lawn from scratch and make sure there is a sensible depth of soil under there. Whilst digger is in there you can have him sort it or even import soil in if required!

Good job you discovered the cracked pipe first mind.
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If possible, get them to scrape it off and re-lay it on a 6 inch layer of pea gravel and/or mix a couple of ton of green compost (council usually have this made from garden waste collections) into the soil before re-seeding, this thread just got a whole lot more interesting, be sure to keep us posted😂👍🏽👍🏽😁
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