Step 1 – Ground Preparation
Ground preparation is essential if you are to obtain satisfactory results: Take up any existing lawn, rotavate or dig over the soil to a depth of 4 – 6 inches, remove any debris – sticks, stones, weeds etc, then level and smooth the soil by raking it.
Step 2 – Measuring & Ordering Turf
Measure your proposed lawn area accurately in square metres (or square yards if you prefer!) – click here for our Measuring Guide. Then order your Turf from Somergreen Turf – ideally be ready to lay the Turf within 48 hours of delivery.
Step 3 – Laying Turf
Avoid walking on newly laid Turf – boards should be placed down for working on, or walking along. Also ensure that each Turf has full contact with the soil. Start by laying one strip of turf around the outside of the lawn ( avoid using small strips at the edges as these may dry out and perish ). Lay the first row along the longest straight line and work across the lawn. Butt and push the edges and ends against each other but do not stretch the turf. Use a sharp knife or half moon spade to cut the end of a row.
Step 4 – Watering Turf
Between March and October newly laid turf should be watered profusely within half an hour of installation. This watering must be repeated daily until the turf has established. In general at least 2 hours per day of constant watering over the entire new lawn will be imperative. The drier and windier the weather the more water is needed. If there are any signs of the turf drying out – gaps between the turves, browning etc. – water it profusely immediately.
Step 5 – Lawn Feeding
In general, a balanced fertiliser containing similar amounts of Nitrogen (N), Phosphate (P) and Potash (K) should be applied in wet conditions (to avoid scorching of the grass) every 4 – 6 weeks during the growing season. A little and often should keep your lawn in tip-top condition.
Step 6 – Mowing
Somergreen recommends that you don’t mow your new Turf until it has rooted. This can easily be checked by lifting up a corner of Turf to see if the roots have attached to the soil. Your lawn mower should be set to the highest setting – it is important that the lawn is not scalped during early mowings. Mow your new lawn often, each time removing no more than one third of the grass height. Once established the grass height can be reduced gradually to the optimum height of between 15 – 35mm. (0.5 to 1.5 inches)
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