7 Steps – Preparing for Turf
Spring is here and it’s a great time to think turf. So here’s a quick get-to-it guide to ensure your substrata soil is right and ready to overlay with lovely soft new grass.
- CLEAR the WAY
First up, get rid of any existing lawn or weeds in the area to be turfed. If using a weedkiller or herbicide, give it at least 7 days after treating to let residues dissipate. Plants you don’t get rid of will end up in your lawn eventually, so clear well.
- TILL the SOIL
Once the weeds have died off, cultivate the soil by turning it over and breaking it up. Remove dead material and especially matted roots, so new turf can grow freely, penetrating the soil with ease. Remove rocks and stones and break up any larger clumps of soil.
- BUILD a BASE
Once your soil is turned and cleared of extraneous material, build up its underlay with a good mix of soil and sand, allowing for the height of the turf to go on top. The blend should be roughly 20% soil and 80% sand for good drainage and texture.
- FERTILISE just a LITTLE!
Many people overdo and fertilise too soon, too much. The turf still needs to develop roots before fertilising can be of any help. A small amount of fertiliser such as purpose-designed Sir Walter Launcher will go a long way, so keep it low key until later.
- LEVEL the LOT
Getting a nice, smooth lawn will depend on how well you level the sublayer before the turf goes down. It is important to fill any holes and get a firm, level base happening. Once levelled, use a roller to really firm down the soil. If you don’t have a roller, water the area well, then level and use the roller (or water) again to achieve a good, even, firm underlay.
- ROLL it OUT!
Ok! Time for the turf! Take each roll of turf and unroll it onto the prepared surface, fitting edges neatly beside each other and avoiding leaving gaps.
- WATER it IN!
It is vitally important that new turf is watered in regularly and well, as the grass needs to grow roots. Until it does, it’s completely reliant on watering to stay alive. As the roots start to penetrate the soil, the need to water as often and as much becomes less.
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