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Soil for lawn seed?

ivanptr
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Soil for lawn seed?

Hi I have another area of 0.2sqm size which need some work.

 

The highlighted area was grown by former owner but the grading is all wrong that rainwater can flow back to the house.

 

I'm planning to redo the area. By digging out 3cm thick layer of the lawn. Then replace it with some quality soil. Current soil is dead and totally dried out.

 

I'm not in hurry for this area. So I can replace the soil and use lawn seed instead of turf.

 

So which brand and soil do you recommend? What size?

 

Should we buy compost?

 

Thank you for any suggestions.

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EricL
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Re: Soil for lawn seed?

Hello @ivanptr

 

It's great to see that you have another project on the go! If the area is 2 meters long and 20cm deep, you will need to cover an area of 0.4 sq meters. Since you want to raise it by 3 cm, you multiply the square meter area by the volume height which is 3cm. This will give you an answer of 12 litres. I suggest using 1 bag of Scotts Osmocote 25L Garden Soil Premium Planting Mix. This will be enough to cover the area at the height you've specified. Please keep us updated. We would be keen to see the repair once it's done.

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know. 

 

Eric

 

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ivanptr
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Re: Soil for lawn seed?

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Hi Eric , all the mess and damages were finally fixed. Our jaw dropped when we found out how much damage the previous tenant could bring to a property.

 

For the last 2 months we have been fixing walls, repainting garage, repairing downpipes and the lawn, for the first time and yet successfully, thanks to your valuable advice

 

And the new occupants of this house love it , really appreciate all the work we have done.

 

Just want to say, wholehearted thanks for ur products recommendations and also many suggestions from other intelligent members around here .

 

Love this forum. So supportive.

 

Cheers! Ivan

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EricL
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Re: Soil for lawn seed?

Hello @ivanptr

 

It's good to hear that all the damage has been fixed. If you come across another project that needs doing, please don't hesitate to post. We are more than happy to give you advice and information.

 

We look forward to seeing your next project.

 

Eric

 

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ivanptr
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Re: Soil for lawn seed?

Hi Eric, 

 

We have another front yard with a large area of dead malnourished soil to revive and rebuild the lawn.

 

https://www.bunnings.com.au/richgro-25l-all-purpose-garden-soil-mix_p2961503

 

Would you recommend this product for lawn seed and turf?

 

I see its cheaper but not sure if its good for lawn seed and turfs.

 

Love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Thank you so much.

Ivan

 

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MitchellMc
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Re: Soil for lawn seed?

Hi @ivanptr,

 

@EricL will be back on the site after the weekend, and I'm sure he will update the discussion if he has anything to add.

 

That all-purpose garden soil isn't really going to help the situation and is better suited to bulking out garden beds. I'd recommend you use something similar to Scotts Lawn Builder 25L Organic Lawn Soil Topdress & Underlay or, for a budget option, Pinegro 25L Soil Improver Top Dress Mix. Cheaper options often include a substantial amount of unbroken down bark chips, and what you really need is composted material. Adding bark chips is only going to worsen the situation.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Mitchell

 

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ivanptr
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Re: Soil for lawn seed?

We are a bit confused. We ordered some topsoil from a landscaping supplier and the vendor told us the topsoil will need fertilizer when we want to plant grass seed. 

We then googled the definition of topsoil:

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Isnt the top soil already rich in nutrition the grass seed need ?

Do we need to spread some of these on the topsoil?
Scotts Lawn Builder 4kg Starter Slow Release Lawn Fertiliser

 

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MitchellMc
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Re: Soil for lawn seed?

@ivanptr,

 

It sounds like the Google reference is talking about natural topsoil, which has been created from many years' worth of decomposing organic material. When you order topsoil, it is a manufactured soil suitable to be used as topsoil. Regardless of the soil type, it's always a good idea to spread some Scotts Lawn Builder 4kg Starter Slow Release Lawn Fertiliser. The fertiliser will really help the germinated seed thicken up and establish quickly.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Mitchell

 

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