I looked at a job last week where the client has just had a large extenstion done and the dig out was spread over his large garden. He now wants it returfed but all the soil is very loose and "fluffy" as in if you step on it your foot sinks around 4" - 6". On top of that it seems fairly chalky, luckly no clay it seems pretty good soil apart from the chalk. The area is around 600 sqm.
So the issues I see are:
1) We need to level and compact the whole area. I was thinking large screed rails with 3 or 4 guys for the leveling. I will be getting a mini dumper and mini digger for moving the top soil around.
But with the compaction uses your feet/ heels like you would on a normal lawn would take forever. Would you use a normal hand roller or maybe a few of them? as I assume where the soil is so "fluffy" any large roller would just get stuck? Anyone have any ideas?
2) How much new top soil should I use and should I be adding some sort of orginic feed/ fertilser due to the chalk content to give the new turf a real fighting chance. As I really dont want to lay 600 sqm for it to die on me!
Any advice would be great as always.
Thanks in advance.