24.10.2016 - Please Keep-Off the Grass
Cultivating turf allows you to enjoy a lawn of instant beauty and maturity without the usual time-consuming hassles of seeding.
1. Getting Started – Autumn is the perfect time to lay your lawn, not to wet, dry, or sunny, allowing it time to bed in before summer. Measure the length and width of the area to be turfed and soiled, multiply together, to give you the m2 coverage required.
2. Remove Existing Lawn – Using a proprietary non selective weed killer, treat the existing lawn at the stated application rate. For full effectiveness you may have to leave this for approximately 14 days. Remove the existing lawn using a turf cutter.
3. Preparation – You need a minimum of 100mm, ideally 150mm of good soil. The soil should be loosely turned over and free from surface stone, clods, other debris and perennial weeds. Digging over or rotovating the soil before laying turf is essential. Once the soil has been loosened it should then be lightly compacted and rolled level.
4. Install Turf – Water the prepared area to settle soil prior to laying turf. Install your lawn immediately on delivery. Start laying the turves, preferably along a straight edge, butting closely end to end. On subsequent rows stagger the joints brickwork fashion, without stretching. Avoid gaps and overlaps, using a knife to trim corners.
5. Rolling – To avoid causing indentations or air pockets, avoid repeatedly walking or kneeling on the turf. Roll the entire area to improve turf/soil contact and remove air pockets.
6. Watering – Give your lawn at least 2 – 3cm of water within ½ hour of installation, water daily or more often until firmly rooted. As time passes, water less frequently but to a deeper level.
7. Aftercare – Mowing the lawn encourages establishment. Begin within the first 3 days, chopping the top quarter of the grass blade. Gradually lowering as time passes, to a desired length of 25mm. A healthy lawn requires a balance of air, water food and light, so maintain an appropriate lawn maintenance programme.
Micks Handy Tips: Why not supplement your beautiful new lawn with a kerb edging to add those all important extra touches.
Materials required: Skip, Soil, Weed Killer, Turf, Edging and Seed
Tools required: Wheelbarrow, Rake, Knife, Spade and Sprinkler