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5 Steps To Prepare Your Lawn For Laying Turf

Are you spending a little more time than you’d like to on your lawn these days? Maybe you have some bare spots on your lawn that you’ve tried to cover up, but they keep coming back. Or, perhaps your lawn is looking uneven in color or unhealthy in several places. If any of these situations sound familiar, consider turf as an alternative. If you want to enjoy an attractive lawn that’s low maintenance, then turf may be right up your alley! Take a look at the steps involved in laying turf.

  1. Measure the Area. Measuring the square footage of the area allows you to be precise about the amount of turf you order for your property. This helps you to avoid ordering too much or too little. Using a turf calculator makes it easy to determine how much turf you’ll need regardless of the size or shape of your property.
  2. Clear Away the Debris. Remove weeds by adding weed killer to the area about two weeks before you put down the turf. If you prefer eco-friendly weed killer, vinegar is a great alternative. Grab a shovel from the garage to remove stones, old grass and rocks from the area. A bow rake is another helpful tool for grabbing debris and removing three inches of soil to make space for a fresh layer of topsoil.
  3. Ensure Adequate Drainage. It’s important to make sure your turf has adequate drainage. You should have a slope of two percent in the area where you plan to put your turf. This percentage allows for proper drainage, so you don’t get pools of water on your turf. Putting down a five-centimeter-deep layer of river sand before adding your topsoil is another way to improve drainage.
  4. Prepare the Soil. Test the soil with a test kit from a home and garden store. This is done to determine if the acidity level in your soil needs to be adjusted before adding your turf. Next, put down a layer of topsoil measuring about four to six inches deep. Use a garden roller to even out the topsoil so you have a uniform layer of ground prepared for your turf. It takes time to clear debris and flatten the topsoil, but these are essential steps if you want the turf to sit evenly on the ground.
  5. Schedule the Installation. With your measurements and calculations in hand, place the order and schedule the delivery of your new turf. Ask some friends over to help if you plan to install it yourself. Or, if you want to avoid the DIY route, you can hire a team to do the work. Many places that sell turf offer installation services as well.

Turf provides a lawn with a uniform look and gives you more control over the appearance of your yard. If you have a specific plan for the landscape, turf can serve as an attractive background for colorful flowers and other vegetation planted in the area.

I hope these steps prove helpful to you in making your yard look its absolute best! Thanks for reading.   -Alan

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