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The Ultimate Landscaper’s Guide to Turf Laying

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We would all love a lawn that is fit for Wembley Stadium, yet actually creating one seems to be something that only the experts can handle, and while you might expect a landscaper to keep his skill sets a secret, we have managed to get a professional turf layer to reveal how he does it. Like anything else, once you know how to lay turf, it doesn’t seem such a big deal, and if you would like to lay turf like a pro, here is the ultimate guide to laying that perfect lawn.

  • It’s All in the Ground Preparation – The ground preparation is the key to a successful project, and you will need a decent landscaper’s rake, which is very wide and can be used for both levelling and removing stones. If you watch a landscape gardener using a rake, you will notice that the rake can be used to pull and push, and when turned over so the teeth are pointing skywards, the rake makes for an ideal levelling tool. This type of rake is usually made from timber and the head would be at least 3 feet in width, differing from the traditional gardening rake, and by first levelling out the ground, you can then begin to remove stones.
  • Best Quality Turf – If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “How do I lay turf?”, a lot depends on the turf itself -which should be thick enough to contain at least two inches of soil – in which the grass roots are firmly embedded. Most garden centres will offer several grades of turf, and you should always go for the best, irrespective of the size of the area to be grassed. If it is a large area,why not tackle it in several stages, as one can add turf later without a problem, and providing the ground is well prepared, once the job is completed, no one would ever see that the lawn was laid in stages, as grass quickly knits together and after the first cut, the lawn would look like it was laid in one sitting.
  • Don’t Delay – Lay it Today – Timing is also very important, and you should make sure the ground is ready before the turf arrives. It cannot be stressed enough that once turf has been cut, it begins to lose its lustre, and the sooner it can be laid, the better. If the weather is hot, sprinkle the stacked turf with water and you can cover it with a tarpaulin until it is ready to lay. The very same day it arrives is the best time to lay the turf, and you must avoid ordering the turf before the ground is prepared. The ground, once prepared, can wait as long as it takes, but the turf cannot.
  • Use Scaffold Planks – You might be thinking you should start at the far end and work your way backwards, to avoid walking on the laid turf, yet that is not how the professionals do it. Starting at one side, lay the turf and then lay scaffolding planks on top and walk over these, as this ensures the turf is flattened as it is laid, and make sure you have enough planks to give you access until the last piece is laid. A professional trick is to pick up one end of a plank and slam it down on the laid turf, then move it slightly and repeat the action, and this will ensure that the turf spreads well and knits together as it should. Never walk on freshly laid turf, always use the boards, and this will ensure the turf is not damaged.

The lawn should be thoroughly watered as soon as it is laid and this should be repeated daily, at least until the turf has knitted together, which will ensure a luscious green covering that will be the envy of all your neighbours.

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