The Beginner’s Guide To Turf Laying

Ground Preparation:
– Sufficient ground preparation is essential for the future well-being and appearance of your new lawn. Inadequately prepared ground can never produce the professional results you are looking for.
– The soil needs to be turned over thoroughly to a depth of 15cm using a spade or powered cultivator.
– You should also clear the area of stones, old turf and other debris.

Raking:
– The ground has to be raked to produce a smooth, level surface.
– Once the surface is smooth but not compacted, then you are ready to lay your DWC turf.

Laying the Turf:
– It is very important to never walk directly on the prepared soil or newly-laid turf. Boards or planks should be used to work from and walk on.
– You should start by unrolling one strip of turf around the perimeter of your lawn.
– Ensure that the underside of the new turf has full contact with the soil below.
– For best results, continue to work across the lawn, strip by strip like a brickwork pattern.
– Butt adjoining edges and ends against each other, but avoid stretching the turf.

Watering:
– The most important part that’s easily forgotten.
– Between March and October, newly laid turf should be watered thoroughly within an hour of installation.
– The watering should be repeated at least once a day until the roots are established.
– Water immediately and continuously on areas with any signs of drying out, gaps, lifting, browning or curling.

Mowing:
– Resist the temptation to make the initial cut until your new lawn has rooted.
– You can check this easily by lifting a corner to see if the roots are attached to the soil beneath.
– When first mowing, set the lawn mower to its highest setting to avoid stressing the grass.
– Mow regularly, each time making sure you remove no more than one-third of the grass height.
– For the benefit of your lawn, make sure you avoid scalping.