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    How To Lay Turf For A Great Lawn

    Laying ready grown cultivated turf will allow everyone to enjoy a fine lawn without much of the inconvenience associated with seeding and growing. For the best results, always buy and lay turf of the highest quality, the best you can afford, also if possible use turf grown by a member of the Turfgrass Growers Association for optimum results. Remember however that turf is not a fit and forget option! Turf consists of living, breathing plants which require the appropriate care if you wish it to grow to its full potential and provide years of enjoyment.

    Preparing The Ground

    The first stage with any new lawn is proper ground preparation. This preliminary groundwork is essential for the health and future of your new lawn. The existing turf should always be removed by slicing beneath the grass with a spade, or by hiring a purpose-designed turf cutter for larger areas. The soil then needs to be turned over to a depth of around 15cm and the area needs to be cleared of stones, weeds and other debris. Then rake the ground to produce a smooth, level surface until the entire area to be turfed is evenly firm and level, but not compacted. This leaves the ground ready to accept the new turf.

    Ordering the Turf

    First of all measure the proposed lawn to find the area in square metres to find out exactly how much you need. Turf is often harvested to order, so give your turf supplier as much notice as possible prior to the required delivery date. Once turf is delivered it must be laid as soon as possible, certainly within 24 hours of delivery in hot weather.

    Laying the Turf

    The best time to lay turf is in mid-autumn, but it can be laid pretty much any time between mid-autumn and late winter, as long as the soil is not too wet or frosty. Turf can be laid in spring but needs careful attention during the summer, with frequent watering in dry spells. Avoid laying turf from mid-spring to early autumn to avoid repeated watering (once a day between March and October until roots are firmly established). Once new turf is laid, avoid walking directly on the newly-laid turf and use boards for work access. Lay turf by unrolling one strip around the perimeter of the lawn ensuring that the new turf has full contact with the soil below. Then lay the next strip across the longest straight then work across the lawn, strip by strip, butting adjoining edges and ends against each other and cutting overlapping pieces and ends with a sharp knife or lawn edger.

    New Turf Care and Maintenance

    Once laid new turf will require at least two hours per day of constant watering, the hotter and drier the weather, the more water will be needed. During the growing season feeding with a balanced fertiliser should be carried out every four to six weeks following the manufacturers recommendations. Resist the temptation to begin mowing until your new lawn is firmly rooted. This can be checked by lifting a corner to see if the roots are attached to the soil below. When it comes to the first mowing, use the lawn mower on its highest setting. Then mow regularly removing no more than one-third of the grass height until the lawn is fully established, at which time the height of cut can be gradually reduced to between 15mm and 35mm.

    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 24th March 2016.

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