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Replacing flower beds with grass - how?!

I have today taken the plunge and started digging my overgrown flower beds - they were full of weeds and grass and we've never been gardeners so they looked pretty grim.

I have started to dig out the side and bottom beds (leaving the one between the patio and the rest of the garden). I have dug the majority of the visible stuff out and need to go over it again tomorrow to make sure all roots are removed. I thought I'd go down about one spade deep is that correct?

Can I just then lay grass seed on top or is more preparation needed?
The soil has some quite large lumps in it, will I need to break these up or will it not matter?

Any advice gratefully received :)


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