How to Lay Turf in Your Lawn

RX-DK-LGC06201_mowing-stripes_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960Probably you’ve always thought that you must hire a contractor when it comes to laying turf in your lawn. Although it might feel like a huge task which might end up wrong, the truth is that the laying process is quite simple. You can save yourself valuable amount of money by doing it yourself.

Best time for Laying Turf

The first thing to do before even beginning laying turf is finding out the best time to do it. The best time to lay turf in your lawn is when the soil is warm and moist. These conditions are likely to be found during autumn. At this time, the level moisture level in the soil are beginning to rise and the ground is still experiencing warmth from the summer months.

Laying turf in between mid-spring and the start of autumn is not recommended. Why? It is simple-the new turf might not thrive well because of the intense heat from the sunshine. However, if you have enough time and money to water the lawn then you are free to lay turf any time.

  • Prepare the soil

Clear the area and be sure to remove any perennials weeds with their roots. A non-residual systemic weed killer can be useful in killing these weeds. Clearing will also involve removing any stones in the site. Dig the site and add some manure to improve the soil fertility.

Allow the site to settle for a couple of weeks before removing any weeds that will have grown. You can now level the surface ready for laying the turf. Leveling should be taken seriously since it will determine how even and level your lawn will be.

  • Lay the turf

If the turf is stays without being unrolled, it will become decolonized. You should therefore lay the fresh turf as soon as possible. Consider laying it within twenty-four hours of buying it.

Begin the laying process from one edge and follow a brick like pattern while staggering the joints. Avoid walking on the bare soil and instead work as you face the bare ground. Once you are done with laying the turf, brush over a layer of the top soil and work into the turf joints to allow them to knit together.

  • Water the lawn

Watering the laid turf is essential for establishing it in the lawn. However, you shouldn’t over water. Work with a flexible watering schedule that will ensure the laid turf remains moist. During hot and dry months, water at least once every week. Water once in a fortnight if the weather changes to cool and dry.

  • Mow the Lawn

Allow the new lawn to grow to about 5 centimeters (2 inches) in height before setting the mower blades into action. At first, set the blades to the highest point they can reach and lightly top the lawn. Mow as normal in the following sessions.