How To Turf For Instant Lawn Satisfaction
When you require a new instantly green and established lawn it time to turf your lawn.
Much like creating a new lawn from seed, the key to creating a new lawn from turf, is in the soil preparation. The time taken to prepare the soil in preparation is priceless; ensuring that the soil is well aerated, level and fertile, will ensure the longevity and health of your lawn for years to come. One question we are often asked is “How do you to turf a new lawn?”
Without this planning and preparation your new turf may look great to begin with, but it is more likely to suffer as soon as it deals with any stress such as severe weather conditions, disease, pests or weeds.
How it works
- Kill off the existing plant life. We use a non-selective weed killer (we are fully licenced to do so) that will biodegrade in just a few days (so the environment is safe).
- Remove the dead weeds. 1 week after killing the weeds we will remove them.
- Turn over the soil. This breaks the soil up and is the best way of aerating. This is ether done by hand with a garden fork, mechanical rotavator or a combination of Scarification and Hollow Tine Aeration.
- Remove rocks, rubble and debris. Most of the larger piece will have made themselves known when turning the soil over, they will need to be raked out, sieved or screened. Once you have just soil remaining, you’re getting closer to having the ideal conditions for grass to thrive.
- Level & Roller. We can now landscape the area. Usually this means making the area as flat as possible. We usually level and roller at least twice to get the best finish possible.
- Mix in topdressing. We like to add in as much high quality top dressing as is possible, this contains compost, and will give the new lawn a boost of nutrition and the strongest start, and best chances at flourishing in the future.
- Level & Roller… again. No rocks required in lawn creating!
- Leave to stale. This is not an essential step, but it can be advantageous. Leaving the site to stale for a week or two, means that the fluffier, lighter soil will begin to compress and we will be able to see which, if any, areas require more leveling. At this point new weeds will have also appeared. These would have been laying dormant in the soil until we disturbed them by turning over the soil. So we will apply a second dose of weed killer.
Laying the new turf:
- Buy quality turf. We will purchase 5% more than we calculate, because it’s better to finish with too much rather than too little.
- Lay the turf. This needs to be done as quickly as possible, within a few days of acquiring the turf, otherwise the grass will die. And we will ensure that there are no gaps between the rolls and any excess is cut tight to the border edge.
- Pat down the turf. To ensure contact between the new turf and the soil.
- Regular watering. New turf needs a lot of water to become well-established. The idea is to draw the roots down deep into the prepared soil.
- As a guide we recommend:
- Weeks 1 & 2: Water once a day for 30 minutes.
- Weeks 3 & 4 Water every other day for 40 minutes.
- Weeks 5 & 6 Water every 3rd day for 50 minutes.
- Weeks 7 Plus Water once or twice a week for 60 minutes.
- Don’t walk on the new turf. It is important not to disturb the new lawn for the first 3 to 6 weeks. Grass is hardy but you can still damage new grass. Let the new seeds become well established before putting them under any stress.
- Mowing. Do this as little as possible for the first 6 weeks. Perhaps as little as every 2 or 3 weeks, and do it on the highest mower setting.
- Levelling. Over time soil becomes compacted, this can make your lawn uneven, but don’t worry, this is normal. The simple solution is to add sandy topdressing to the lowest areas gradually over time.
- Introduce regular maintenance and a Lawn Care Programme. Once established your new lawn will be looking great. However, there may be a few troublesome weeds that will need to be dealt with and that’s where an annual lawn care programme is key to keeping your lawn looking its best. This includes Seasonal Treatments of Fertiliser, Weed Killer and Moss Control, and Annual Treatments such as Scarification and Hollow Tine Aeration.
What to expect
We will need to visit your lawn 2 weeks prior to the work being carried out so we can kill off the existing lawn. Then, if we are turning over the soil and leaving it to stale, this will take a further 3 weeks. Once we begin it should not take longer than a day in most cases for the work to be completed.
How to prepare
There is little you can do, but once you know that you want a new lawn, we can make preparations on a individual basis, because all lawns are different and require slightly different preparation.
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You only really need to water your lawn when the soil is dry but preferably before the grass shows signs of drought – when it becomes pale or starts to brown. You can test the moisture level of your soil by using a screwdriver; push it into the soil, if it is dry when removed you probably need to water. For best results and to avoid problems of drought damage or dehydration don’t wait until you think the soil is dry, we advise you to follow a regular watering schedule. Find out how to best keep your lawn hydrated all year round.
Generally during growing seasons (spring and autumn) you can mow your lawn shorter, to around 25mm – 30mm in height; however, during summer when its hotter and dryer growth slows, you should leave your lawn taller, cutting it no shorter than 50mm high.
The golden rule is to never cut more than one-third off at any one time.
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– Spring (March – May)
– Autumn (September – October)
– Instantly green and healthy lawn
– Saves time
– Soil Preparation
– Top Dressing (30% compost)
– High Quality Grass Turfs
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Before treating your lawn we will assess your lawn using our 12 Point Lawn Analysis. We will discuss the results with you and create a tailored lawn care programme that suits your lawn so you can make the most of your garden and leave the hard work to us.