Although many turf contractors are happy to unfurl lawn turf for you, some customers prefer to undertake the challenge themselves. Laying turf isn’t an intricate art, but does demand patience. This article will guide you through a step-by-step guide on how to roll out a fresh lawn you’re proud of. Let’s begin.
Before ordering turf, we’ll assume you’ve done the ground work. As you’ll likely know by now, in order for turf to grow you’ll need to establish a foundation of topsoil. The depth of this soil needs to exceed 2 inches. This base will provide your turf with a fertile foundation, upon which you’re lawn will remain healthy through the seasons.
There are various theories about laying turf. There are those who have watched Garden SOS, and other home-improvement programs, and heed the advice of Charlie Dimmock and Alan Titchmarsh. In the industry, some prefer to stagger the joints, others unfurl the rolls back and forth establishing a stripy effect. While varied approaches have their merits, our organizing principle is efficiency.
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Begin with gloves, planks and ideally a helping hand. Lay your first rolls on the perimeter, establishing the border. Once you have your straight edge you can begin to work inwards, all the while ensuring the turves are tightly tucked in. Turf is united by roots and rhizomes, drawing the rolls into the earth and laterally. A helping hand will pass the rolls as you progress. Walk the plank to avoid damaging the turf and a knife to carve out the edges.
Once your new lawn is laid, apply the plank. Planking will ensure no frayed edges rise above the lawn bed. Your lawn has been set, but now you’ll need to nurture its growth as it becomes established.
Over the first week avoid footfall and use a sprinkler to water your lawn for at least an hour every day. After 2-3 weeks you can reduce the frequency to once a week. Mowing, meanwhile, follows a similar pattern. Mow your lawn after 7 days and do so on a high setting. Although some recommend leaving the trimmings on the lawn, we tend to avoid this practice to avoid build-up of thatch.
We hope this article has addressed your questions. Turf can be an expensive investment, so do your research first. There are many online resources who’ll address your concerns and more. If you order turf with us, please forward your enquiries.