The Essential Guide To Laying Turf … For Dummies
Laying turf doesn’t require a PhD. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or novice you too can unroll a new lawn. Roll up your sleeves and set aside your afternoon. This is your essential guide to laying turf.
The Equipment You’ll Need …
At this stage we’ll assume your turf has been delivered. You’ll need the following items:
A turf knife
Planks or boards
A wheel barrow
Are You Ready? Let’s Roll …
Depending on your turf supplier or access, you may need a wheel barrow. On some jobs, the front garden is our focus. In which case the turf can dropped beside the plot. At other times it’s necessary to wheel the turf down a side path or even through the house. An experienced labourer can load up to 8 or 10 rolls at a time. However, you’re new to this. So 4 or 5 rolls at a time will suffice.
Theories vary. If you’ve watched Garden SOS or read the finest works of Alan Titchmarsh you may learnt the virtues of staggering the rolls. In reality efficiency is the organizing principle for seasoned landscapers.
Pro landscapers don’t take shortcuts — They follow tried and tested methods and discard the superfluous.
Your first roll should be used to establish the perimeter. Once you’ve established the perimeter you can begin to work inwards, making sure the turves are firmly tucked in as you do so. The planks are used before and after the laying process. They’re positioned over the lines already laid as a platform to avoid disturbing the turf or soil with footfall. Finally the plank is applied to ensure no frayed edges rise above the surface.
A Word On After Care …
A hose or sprinkler should be applied to your new lawn for up to an hour a day over the next week. After this you can reduce the frequency to twice and ultimately once per week. As for mowing? Mow your lawn after a week at a raised setting. After that apply lawn care fundamentals to ensure your lawn thrives for seasons to come.