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How to revamp this sad backyard?

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How to revamp this sad backyard?

Hi everyone,


Please help me give a fresh look to this sad-looking backyard. We'd love to convert this ugly, patchy, sandy space into a nice green lawn. We moved in last year and noticed the garden hadn't been cared for in ages.


The issues we currently have are:  


-pretty uneven surface


- weeds (or bad-looking grass?) in many spots which tend to get everywhere in winter. Because it hasn't rained in for a while and because we didn't see the point in watering it, there's not much of this weed in the backyard at the moment. But as you can see from the pic attached, this is the kind of nasty grass that gets everywhere in the first rain.


  • reticulation is installed but is currently leaking, so we switched it off entirely. Would we have to remove the retic pipes in order to get the surface flat with a compressor or something else?


So my question is: what would be the best way to permanently remove the current weeds so they don't pop out on top of the new lawn, make everything flat, and then prep the base for the new turf (either planting seeds or laying new grass)?  


Considering this, would you also suggest going ahead with a DIY or calling a pro? I worked in landscaping for a while but I'm far from being an expert.  


Thank you in advance for your help!





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Re: How to revamp this sad backyard?

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @ikotheflame. It's marvellous to have you join us, and many thanks for your question about revamping your backyard.

I recommend taking on the weed issue by hand-pulling the larger weeds and then clearing the area with a non-selective herbicide. Alternatively, weeds and their seeds can be eliminated by solarizing a space with clear plastic sheeting for a few weeks. After the weeds are gone, use a lawn roller to compact the soil, remove any debris, and fill in any low areas with a mixture of topsoil and compost. Use a rake to level the surface. 


Fix the irrigation system's leaks next. Find and seal any leaks and reorganise the layout as needed. 


Spread an even layer of topsoil over the entire area and rake it in. Given the high sand content of your ground, I'd recommend at least 75mm of topsoil. 


You have the option of using grass seed or turf for the new lawn. Grass seed is more economical, but turf will give you that instant lawn. Here are some helpful step-by-step guides: How to lay turf and How to grow grass from seed.


Remember your PPE, including safety glasses, gloves and a facemask. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.


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Re: How to revamp this sad backyard?

Hi @ikotheflame,


Let me also extend a very warm welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. We look forward to seeing how you can transform your backyard.


I would start by having a good read of the guide How to plan a garden makeover by experienced member @Adam_W. Adam also shared How to give your garden a makeover.


Let me also tag some experienced member for their thoughts: @diy_hausdesigns@Jimi and @Yorky88.




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