Cheap way to infill/level a garden

I've got a sloping garden and have decided to level the lawn, by putting up a concrete block retaining wall and infilling.

Problem is - what's the cheapest way to buy infill material? The builder's merchant didn't seem to stock anything obvious, and as I guesstimate I'll need around 2 cubic meters (possibly more) it would be very expensive to do with builder's ballast.

Any ideas for practical ways to infill would be appreciated.


  • Have you actully costed the price of ' builder's ballast' ?
    You would know exactly what the stuff was, it would be delivered ( an expensive item)
    You could find free 'stuff' just a mile away , but how are you going to move it?
    My first thought , think drainage.
  • fworfwor Forumite
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    It's a fair point - at least I shouldn't end up with toxic waste or something else unpleasant in with it if I buy proper builder's ballast. It's around £40 a tonne, plus delivery.

    I'm working on my neighbour, trying to persuade him to knock down and rebuild his wall (it needs it) but I don't think he's going to go for that.

    Just wondering if there's a direct source of crushed building rubble, for example.
  • EctophileEctophile Forumite
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    There's always people giving away free hardcore. But it won't be neatly crushed and graded, and you'll have to transport it yourself (which is why they are giving it away).
    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
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