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'Senior Management' has her heart set on a new lawn,,, I've 'scraped off' about 4 inches (10cm) of sand/gravel/soil on which which only dandelions thrived and I'm left with a compact and stoney base.

What is the minimum depth of soil, on this base, that could sustain a viable lawn?

I'm not looking for a bowling green just a lawn...

Can anyone help, please?



You don't need any more than 3 to 4 inches of soil to make a lawn but the ground must be well drained, not a hard surface. You need to break up the area in which you want to make your lawn. Bulk bags of top soil are the best buy here in England.

5 Oct, 2011


Thanks Db, ......sadly the area under the lawn is very compacted; with more stone than soil. I thought a more practical idea would be to make a 'gravelled area' (using large pieces of gravel) and intersperse it with plants growing through prepared 'holes'. However, she wants a lawn....

6 Oct, 2011

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