If you're planning on laying new lawn turf down, there are several steps you need to take to ensure that your lawn grows healthy and beautiful. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to prepare for laying new lawn turf down.
1. Remove old grass and weeds: The first step in preparing for new lawn turf is to remove the old grass and weeds. Use a sod cutter or a shovel to remove the top layer of grass and soil. If there are any weeds or roots left behind, remove them by hand or with a weed killer.
2. Test the soil: Once the old grass and weeds are removed, test the soil to determine its pH level and nutrient content. This will help you determine if you need to add any soil amendments or fertilizer to the soil. The soil profile is critical to giving your new law the best start.
3. Add soil amendments: Depending on the results of your soil test, you may need to add soil amendments such as lime, gypsum, organic compost, or sand to the soil. These amendments will help improve the soil structure and provide a healthy environment for your new lawn to grow.
4. Level the soil: Once the soil amendments are added, use a rake to level the soil. Make sure the soil is even and there are no bumps or depressions. This will ensure that your lawn grows evenly and looks neat. You will also need to roll the turf after laying.
5. Water the soil: Before laying the new lawn turf down, water the soil thoroughly. This will help settle the soil and provide a good base for the turf to grow. Do this in the days leading up to turf lay.
6. Lay the turf: Apply your Under Turf Starter fertiliser right before you begin laying the turf. Start by laying the turf along the longest straight edge of your lawn. Make sure the edges of the turf are snugly fitted together and use a sharp knife to cut around any obstacles such as trees or flower beds. Rolling after the turf is down is also beneficial to getting the level correct.
7. Water the turf: After the turf is laid down, water it thoroughly. Using a soil wetting agent will help hold water in the profile. This will help the roots settle into the soil and prevent the turf from drying out. Constant short watering can be beneficial in keeping the turf leaf and soil moist throughout the turf establishing period.
8. Maintain the lawn: Once your new lawn is established, it's important to maintain it properly. Water the lawn regularly but avoid overwatering. Mow the lawn regularly, but never cut more than one-third of the grass blade at a time. Fertilize the lawn every 10-12 weeks to provide it with the nutrients it needs to grow healthy and strong.
In conclusion, laying new lawn turf down requires some effort and preparation, but the end result is well worth it. By following these steps, you can ensure that your new lawn grows healthy and beautiful for years to come.
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