Things to Avoid When Laying Turf

Some people go to the professionals for when they need laying turf on their lawn, some people decide to take matters into their own hands and get some DIY done. There are, of course, steps to follow for the best results, and there are things people do that aren’t these steps.

Any self-respecting homeowner wants a good lawn to complement their good house, and, if you’re one of those people, here are a list of the things you want to avoid. Remember, you want to avoid these things when you’re laying turf, as they’ll reduce the quality of the end result.

One on top of the other.

When you’re laying turf, you want to make sure that they’re not overlapping with each other, as that’ll lead to your lawn ending up uneven, so make sure you have a bit of space between each slab of turf. One way to do this is to stagger each slab so that their corners don’t end up in the same place, so you’ll end up avoiding overlapping.

Is it clean? Close enough.

Any debris on the lawn will lead to an uneven lawn. So if you want to make sure your lawn is as even as possible, remove any debris you find; rocks, trees, bushes, leaves, anything, be thorough, be efficient. Don’t cut corners when prepping the base, otherwise the topsoil’s not going to end up right.

Holding off mowing the lawn.

It’s a smart move to mow your lawn as soon as you can, like immediately after laying turf so that the grass will actually root itself in the topsoil. Scratch that, it’s not smart, it’s common sense; after all, you don’t hold off doing anything important. However, there’s also the problem of doing it too early, wait for two or three weeks before mowing so that the grass has time to take root.

Not fertilizing the soil.

Grass is alive; it requires proper nutrition in order to grow at healthy, beautiful and strong, which is why you fertilize the lawn when you’re planning on putting turf. Not doing so greatly increases the odds that the grass doesn’t take root properly and fast enough, if it does at all, and dying out.

Letting turf sit.

Again, grass is alive; it’s organic matter, and organic matter decomposes. If you leave turf lying around, it’s going to degrade in quality, even if a little bit, and that’ll reduce the chances of it growing properly. If you’re laying turf, you want the best of everything; good layout, proper hydration, sunlight, that sort of thing, but if the turf you’re actually using isn’t as fresh as it can be, then these things might not actually come into play.