Laying Turf

When your turfs are delivered they can be left stacked for two or three days, but if there is a longer delay spread them out in a shady place. Avoid laying turf when the ground is frozen.

Lay the turf a row at a time, the first row slightly overhanging the edge of the lawn area. Remove weeds in the turf as you lay them and discard any that are very weedy. Any unevenness in level can be adjusted by the addition or removal of soil under the turf.

Firm down the first row before starting the next one. Work across the rows you have already laid, using a plank to stand on. Stagger rows like brickwork, but never have have less than half-size pieces of turf at the end of a row. Do not try to bend them to fit curving edges; lay in straight lines and leave the excess to be trimmed off later.

To cut a curved edge mark out the desired curve using a piece of string firmly attached to a peg. Cut an arc with a large sharp knife held at the end of the taut string. Sever the turf with a sloping cut using a half-moon turfing iron or a flat-bladed spade.

When all are laid, fill any cracks with a top-dressing consisting of half sand and equal quantities of peat and loam. Using a half-moon turfing iron, or the edge of a flat-bladed spade, trim edges with an outward sloping cut. Go over the lawn with a stiff broom to lift flattened grass and to remove any debris and then use a sprinkler or hose pipe with spray gun to water thoroughly.

Some expects recommend rolling a new lawn lightly about a week after turfs are laid. This is not essential, but, if you are going to do it, roll first one way and then again at right angles.

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