Everyone wants a vibrant green lawn. You can spread grass seed, fertilize and water your garden before waiting for the lawn to develop. You can have the lawn hydro seeded, and again … wait. However, there is more rapid solution; you can lay turf. It isn’t hard to do, but it will take work. You will need to prepare and level the ground before finally rolling out natures carpet.
The team at Andover Turf Supplies have put these simple steps together. The first thing to do is to prepare the foundation. You will need to have a soil sample examined to determine the pH of the soil. Then, if you have existing weeds and patchy grass, you will need to rent a turf cutter, which will cut the grass below the roots. After the existing grass is removed, you will need to take a rototiller (also known as a rotavator) to loosen up the top 6 to 8 inches of soil.
If your soil is dense and clay like, you will want to add some sand to the soil to improve the drainage. At this time, you should also add a couple of inches of compost. Add the appropriate fertilizer as determined by the soil test, and till the amendments into the soil. Once all of the amendments are added, then rake the soil until it is level, filling in low spots, and taking down high spots. Gently spray the soil with water to dampen it.
Now it’s time to start laying the turf. Start along the longest straight edge of your yard, and unroll the turf along this line. Often it will be along a fence or sidewalk. Unroll the turf, and smooth out any wrinkles, making sure the turf is pressed firmly against the soil. Make sure that the seams are butted tightly together.
Using a turf cutting knife cut a piece of turf in half to start the next row. You want to cut this piece of turf so that the joints on the second row do not match up to the first row. Make sure that all of the joints are staggered as you lay the subsequent rows as well.
After the turf is installed, you will need to water it frequently. Water the turf in the morning, every morning for the first week. For the first week, you will also want to keep foot traffic off of the turf. After the first week, you can water less frequently, every other day. By the third week, you should be watering twice a week.
Once the grass reaches three inches, it’s time to start mowing. Don’t mow more than 1/3 of the length of the grass, and be sure to use a sharp blade.
Laying turf does take a lot of work to prepare the lawn, and to install the turf. The work is worth it, however, when you look at the savings in time. With other methods of starting a lawn, you could be waiting for weeks or months. When you lay turf, you can have a healthy green lawn in just a couple of weeks.