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5 steps to prepare your ground for laying new turf



5 steps to prepare your ground for laying new turf

Preparing the ground is the first step to getting the garden and grass you want! When the ground isn’t prepared correctly the turf will not flourish, and you won’t get that rich green glow you are looking for. Here are 5 simple steps:

  • Remove old grass

If you have grass already, you will need to start by removing this grass. There are two ways to remove the old turf.

The first method is quite labour intensive. You will need a good spade, time and a lot of elbow grease! Dig the spade into the ground, cutting your turf into easy liftable sized pieces (10inches x 10inches works well), slide the spade under the edge of the turf to lift it away from the ground.

However, if you are looking at a larger area you might want to look at hiring a turf cutter. These will cut along the top of the turf, in the same way, the spade did but without the physical labour.

  • Turn over your soil

The soil will now need to be turned over. While doing this you need to remove any rocks or weeds. There are two options for doing this and again it might depend on the size of the area you are laying the new turf on.

One way is to manually dig it over with a fork, it should be to the depth of 15cm. Or you can hire a rotavator which is a bladed machine that will mechanically loosen the soil. If fertiliser is to be applied now is the time.

  • Level and rake

We know what you’re thinking, but I just dug it all over. Yes, but unless you want a lumpy lawn you need to make it all smooth again. It may well be the case you need to add some topsoil if the ground is uneven or perhaps the soil is high in clay content. We provide top quality topsoil if you need it!

Now that the ground is nice and even, it is time to tread the soil down. This will remove any air pockets and it should make it easy to see if any areas are a little lower or higher than others before you get to laying.

The best way to do this is with a little shuffle. With your feet together shuffle your feet along in a straight line from side to side of the area you are working in. You should have a firm and flat finish once this is complete.

  • Final grading

You will be pleased to know that we are onto the final step. Now the time to remove any remaining foot prints or wheel marks. On small areas you can often do this with light raking. For larger areas, use a long straight plank to check if the soil is level. Followed by dragging a ladder or the plank along the soil, to give it some texture to help the roots of the turf to establish.

  • Order your turf

This might seem a little odd to wait until the preparation is complete before ordering your turf, but we say this with many years of experience. The preparation time always takes longer than you think!

As turf is living, it needs to be laid the same day or the day after delivery. If you end up needing extra topsoil or the ground is too wet to turn over the new turf won’t wait.

If you have now read this and thought I am not sure I can take this on myself, don’t worry. Here at Shropshire Turf and Soil, we offer the full package. We send one of our experts to your garden, at a convenient time for you to discuss your options to get your dream garden. Call us today on 01952 510386, to organise a free no obligations quote for your new turf.

When is the best time to lay your turf?

Laying fresh turf is a great way of transforming your garden. It can be quite a daunting idea though especially if you haven’t laid turf before. This can lead to you putting off laying turf until the right time but when is the best time to lay your turf?

Turf can be laid all your round

Yes, contrary to popular belief turf can be laid all year round. The best time to lay your turf comes down to the weather. In an ideal world, you don’t want it to be too hot or too cold, too wet or too dry or too sunny or too cloudy. After reading this you might be thinking we are looking for the impossible when we live in Britain! However, fear not we have 30 years’ experience and are here to help.  

Laying turf in Winter

Laying turf in the winter months can be done, you will need to be careful now we are experiencing colder winters. If the ground is frozen it will not be possible to prepare the ground for turfing or cut the turf ready for laying. However, if it freezes after you have laid the turf this will not cause any damages. We generally get more rain in the winter months so you might not need to water as much as in the summer but if there have been several days in a row without rain you do need to give it some water.

Laying turf in Spring

Spring has always been the traditional time to start working on your garden, especially when it comes to turf laying. The main reason is that the weather is about as ideal as we can get for preparing and laying turf. Often in spring, we find the ground is warmer which means the roots establish quicker than in the winter months. 

Laying turf in Summer

The British Summer is now becoming a mix of torrential rain and mini heatwaves. Neither of which is ideal for laying turf. Your freshly laid turf will require a lot of watering especially if the weather is hot. A good showering once laid will help the turf to establish quicker. Watering first thing in the morning and in the evening will prevent the turf from scorching.

Laying turf in Autumn

Just like in spring, autumn is a popular time of the year for turf laying. We now see warmer Septembers and many people choose to improve their gardens after the busyness of the summer, ready for the next year. In Autumn it’s just as important to keep an eye on the weather as any other time of year, especially if we get any early frosts.

Turf suppliers in Shropshire and surrounding counties

You should now be able to see there isn’t the “perfect” time for turf laying. However, with the right advice, you can lay your turf at any time of the year, and that’s why we at Shropshire Turf supply turf all year round.

Our customer service team are on hand with helpful advice all year round to ensure you get the garden of your dreams. We can also organise the laying of your turf, taking all the stress away from you. If you would like our help with transforming your garden give us a call on 01952 510368.

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