Hey, One of my best friend's girlfriends lives in a shared house with a patio area and a big chunk of garden at the back that is literally wilderness. It is thick with brambles, nettles and the suchlike - and I'd like to turn it into functional lawn. I arrived at her house after a few beers with her boyfriend; and their housemate had brought round a scythe, which I started with, hacking back the tallest stuff. She then produced a strimmer with which I drunkenly strode through the wilderness slashing away, which did a reasonable job. Then I found an old flymo at the back of their shed which was great. I plugged it in and drove it right across the lawn scalping it all - occassionally having to lift it more like a chainsaw on rough land. After a good raking we have nicely scalped the first part of the wilderness and have a big pile of plant material. Next stage is to get gloves and clear out all rubble/broken stuff. We're going to bonfire the plant material we already have, but I have some questions that lame flower-orientated garden-taming sites did not help me with. - We were thinking of spraying petrol over the undergrowth and burning it all to get rid of it easily and save using the green bin. Is this going to work - will it poison the earth? - Once we have a bald, scalped lawn which will basically be dirt and the stems of nettles/brambles with what appears to be quite a lot of gravel around, how do we turn this into a functional lawn at little cost? I'm convinced the clearing stage can be done in a day or two of hard work, but am not sure how to make sure grass instead of brambles come back. It would be really nice to turn this into lawn for their house. Their landlord has suggested he would be happy to pay to turf the lawn if we get it cleared, but someone suggested this has to be done at a certain time of year? Thanks for your advice - proper hardcore male advice would be appreciated so we can get this job done properly and quickly!