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Where to start with constantly muddy, boggy garden and a crap lawn?!

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need15 Mon 16-Nov-15 12:12:43

God I hate our back garden, well the soil at least. I think it clay? It's always muddy and boggy and slippy. (Apart from the height of summer when it cracks in places...?) Winter is a nightmare. Kids still like to play out there and everything gets covered in mud! The lawn is always patchy too.
Where do I start sorting this out please? DIY solutions (I'm no great gardener...!) or get a gardener in? If the latter, are there fail safe solutions or is it trial and error (and expensive!) til they isn't what works? Thanks!

howtorebuild Mon 16-Nov-15 12:15:07

Sand is your friend.

howtorebuild Mon 16-Nov-15 12:16:36

need15 Mon 16-Nov-15 12:17:53

We've aerated it's few times, with a fork. That's what you mean is it? No difference unfortunately.
What's the deal with sand please?

howtorebuild Mon 16-Nov-15 12:19:09

Sweep sand I to the forked holes. It's not a one off job, you continue until the soil is improved.

need15 Mon 16-Nov-15 12:21:51

Thanks. Roughly how often should you do the sand thing? Is it worth doing now, over the winter too?

DoreenLethal Mon 16-Nov-15 12:23:26

Yes add as much sand as you can. Also, you could if you wanted to, rotavate a load of sand in, rake it flat and resow the grass a bit higher than it originally was. Depends on how you want to roll really.

need15 Mon 16-Nov-15 14:36:16

Thanks Doreen!

Ferguson Wed 18-Nov-15 20:02:50

But NOT builders sand, and also peat or compost should help.

rambunctious Sun 29-Nov-15 16:55:07

Although, i suspect that no amount of sand is going to help the lawn if it is going to be trampled on all year round.
I have a similar problem. My DCs love to be out in the garden all year, and I'm afraid I've had to accept the fact that my lawn is shot. I aerate and rake sand into it regularly, but the grass is just not having a chance to recover with little feet continually squashing it!

gingeroots Mon 30-Nov-15 09:49:34

I've wondered if using a lawn protection mesh
might work ,but haven't tried it .

Has anyone any experience ?

Readysteadyknit Mon 30-Nov-15 09:54:52

ginger I keep wondering about these two mainly because Ddog1 keeps digging huge holes in the lawn which develop into muddy quagmires over time. I have used similar mesh in field gateways which were being used by horses and they made a big difference

gingeroots Mon 30-Nov-15 12:22:54

Well if it worked with horses it sounds promising ..

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