The time of spring is a great time for tending to your lawn; laying new turf, removing weeds, that sort of thing. Of course, regardless of when you actually do it, laying turf can be a long, arduous task, but by following the proper steps and procedure, it’s possible to get a good lawn ready by the time summer rolls in. Here are some tips for those looking get the best looking lawn.
First off, choose your battles.
Weather conditions are very important when you’re working on something like grass. If there’s frost at night, working on grass is a bad idea as, odds are, they’ll just end up dying off before they get a chance to establish themselves. Inversely, hot, dry weather can be just as bad, as they make the whole process more difficult than it needs to be.
Get rid of the old.
To get the best results with laying turf, it’s prudent to use a herbicide in order to get rid of all the old grass; any weed that grew on the old grass will also die with it, stopping them from infesting the newly laid lawn. Of course, this isn’t a quick fix, and you should make sure you give the herbicide time to work its magic in order to make sure all the weed died. The old grass can also be used to create compost which you can then use for the new lawn.
The ground’s good, yeah?
Once the old grass is dead, prep the ground by getting rid of stones and loosing the ground before you go and cover it with new topsoil. It’s a good idea to level the ground by walking all over the place before and as you’re raking it over and doing a level check. For best results, have at least 15cm of soil under the grass to help with water control, and make sure that the ground’s watered for the new turf and raking.
Now for the turf.
If you’re laying turf, form a row by laying along a straight line. The row after should be staggered, creating a layering akin to that of brickwork. Push it all down in order to make sure the layers are in contact with each other, and don’t stretch grass over cracks as this’ll kill off growth and tear roots. If there are gaps, fill it with soil.
Ok, this should really go without saying; if you have a lawn, make sure it gets the right amount of water. Early in the morning and at evenings are the times when soil holds water best. Don’t wait to mow the lawn, either, keep the length in check to make sure the sunshine actually reaches the roots, but never overcut; don’t cut more than 1/3rd of the grassblade’s length.