Ted's tip for summer
New layed turf needs plenty of watering. If gaps appear it's not had enough water.
How to prepare the ground for turf?
Proper ground preparation is essential for the establishment and future well-being of your new lawn. Inadequately prepared ground will never produce the best results:
- First clear the existing plants and weeds in the new lawn area.
- After clearing the site mix in some topsoil to condition the ground
- Break down any lumps and remove debris.
- Compact the area using a roller or by walking over the area.
- Water the area - a fine nozzle attached to a hose makes this job easier.
The best way to lay your turf?
- Unroll the first roll of turf, setting the edge exactly
- Butt each length of turf tightly up against the previous one.
- Use the teeth of the rake to pull, fold and push the edges together.
- Place boards over the row you have laid using these to carry the rolls along to the next row (avoid walking on prepared soil).
- Lay the second row with joints staggered (brick work style). An old kitchen knife is useful for cutting off excess turf.
- Fill any gaps with off-cuts.
- Set up a lawn sprinkler to water the entire area and settle the turf.
Why do lawns fail?
- Leaving the rolls for too long. Be prepared for the delivery and lay within a day or so of delivery not applying sufficient water often enough.
- Laying on poor topsoils and/or not sufficient preparation.
- Letting the grass grow too long, then mowing it too short.
- Laying the turf when weather conditions are excessively hot and dry.
- Laying turf onto frosted or frozen ground
When is the best time to lay turf?
The best time for laying turf is spring and autumn but it can be laid all year round. Prepare the ground by either forking out the weeds or treat with a reputable weed killer. Ensure that the area is level. Use our rich topsoil to prepare the ground for laying your turf. This will give your turf the best possible start to achieve a beautiful lawn to be proud of.
After laying the turf what next?
Once the turf is down remember to water frequently to avoid shrinkage especially in dry spells of weather. Avoid walking on freshly layed turf. When the grass has taken a firm hold and starts to grow cut your grass, not too short, using a mower with sharp blades. Continue to mow frequently during the growing season.
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