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Small stones on lawn

I seeded a new lawn for a customer who unfortunately required it to be sown on grade b topsoil already supplied by him that had lots of small stones in it.I levelled the soil and the sown seed took well and is now established. The small stones are still a problem as they rise to the surface.Should I top dress with a clay rich loam, or would this suppress the growth of the young grass? Or are there any other recommendations please?

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  • i would not top dress unless they are going to pay you to do it  go over it with a roller and squash them in so its not a problem for the mower they will rise to the top again aneyway 

  • All will be fine after a few cuts with a roller mower.  


  • You'd need a lot of topsoil and the stones will still work their way through it and up to the surface.  As said, a rollermower will squash them down into the surface.............. basically though, you're really stuck with them unless you want to go down on your hands and knees and pick them out:)

  • Sounds mad but use a hoover if your worried about damaging your blades, or drop the job, is it worth sharpening your blades everytime you hit one of his stone ? I've just told someone if he doesnt sort it out I wont be back, even using a strimmer on stoney grass isn't worth it imo, increased your liability too much, what happens if one of those stones goes through his window ?

    I've just assumed you're going to manage his lawn here, but he'll have same problems 

  • What sort of size stone is it? A Qualcast/Atco Suffolk Punch type lawn rake (the cylinder mower with the interchangeable cassette) might pick up a lot of the offending debris.

    I've deduced that you may be Maidenhead based? I'm based in Henley and own said Atco lawn rake, you're welcome to borrow it and see if it helps, no charge!

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      Sean, that’s so kind of you. I’ll try rolling and top dressing first and let you know if I think the job is worth taking you up on your offer. Thanks very much.

      • No problem Andrew, don't be afraid to ask, don't mind helping a fellow tradesman out! It's only sat around gathering dust anyway.

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