Category Archive: Lawn & turf

How to lay turf. Tips from a beginner.

Well, there are some sore muscles inside my body. My sides just below my shoulders have a bit of an ache because I have just laid about 30 sq metres of turf. Having never done this before, I had a few chats with the team down at The Smart Water Shop here at Gardenworld. They sell around 6 different varieties of turf, and have them all on display. I am going for Sir Walter Buffalo as that is the already existing grass that I will be joining up to. Sure you can also buy grass seed, and both methods of raising a lawn have there own special tricks, but here are a few that I have learned whilst laying turf:

Don’t let the whole project drag out or your greatest emeny will emerge before your turf – those wretched weeds. Once entrenched in your patch, you will be forever plotting their demise. The sooner you lay the turf, the less area for them to multiply.

Preparation. I can’t express the importance of this enough. Getting it right means the turf laying is the easy bit. The topsoil we had seemed a bit fine and I was worried about it draining well, so I added some granitic sand and forked this through the soil. This would add larger particles and allow more oxygen to help aid rot growth.

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