Properly Preparing & Laying New Turf
Re-turfing a lawn or a new section of a yard is a popular DIY job for property owners. If done correctly, a new and pristine looking turf can transform the grass area into an aesthetically pleasing center piece. Although laying new turf is not particularly difficult, there are some tips and techniques you should know if you have never laid turf before; these will help you to encounter less problems and perfect a professional looking end result. This article looks at how to prepare and lay turf properly.
Prepare the Area
To start the preparation, you will need to turn over the area with a garden fork (or spade) where you wish to lay the new turf. Use the garden tool to turn the top layer of ground over, and break the soil down. This creates a top layer of soil, in which the new turf can be laid. Once you have turned all the soil in the area, inspect it for weeds and stones. Remove these, and use a rake to level the area.
It is a good idea to add a little fertiliser to the top soil you have created. Use fertiliser that will complement the new turf, and make sure that the first couple of inches of the top soil has fertilizer mixed through it; this will help to grow the turf when it is laid. Finally, rake the top soil so that it is reduced to a fine tilth; this means that it is ready to take the turf.
Lay the Turf
Ideally, turf should be laid into position no more than twenty four hours after you take delivery of it. Leaving it any longer will allow it to dry outand there may be a higher chance that the turf not taking root in the new area. Lay the first row of turf along a border area, and work to the opposite side. Resist stretching the turf into position; instead push the rows of turf into the correct position.
Lay a decent sized plank of wood along the row of turf you have just put into position, and crouch on this to lay the next row of turf. This technique avoids damaging the tuft as soon as you lay it. Work in this manner until all the turf has been laid.
Give a Good Initial Soaking
Once in position, it is important that you soak the turf from the top, through to the roots. To check that enough water has been supplied, turn a corner of turf up to see whether or not the water has soaked through to the underside; if not, pour over more water. Keeping the turf moist as it beds in is crucial.
Keep watering the grass for several weeks to help the roots establish properly. For more tips or assistance, consult resources like D & V Turf Supplies Pty Ltd.