Well of course you can! While some may assume it’s as easy as unrolling carpet it’s not quite that simple, but with a little advice and a couple of expert tips from the team at Daleys Turf, you can install your new lawn yourself.
You might be itching to place your order and lay your new turf, a little patience beforehand will go a long way to ensure you end up with a healthy, thriving lawn.
As a general rule, the smoother and flatter your site is the better your new lawn will look – remove any rocks, stones or rubbish that may cause the lawn to be uneven or will hinder the lawn’s growth. Spend some time now ensuring that the levels are correct to allow for adequate drainage when it rains – if necessary, put a drainage system in place which will cause water to flow away from your home, garage, patio etc.
You don’t want weeds popping up in your new lawn so before you install anything, apply a quality weedkiller that will minimise the risk of weeds making an unwanted appearance.
Next you need to put down a layer of topsoil – a nutrient rich topsoil will make for a more attractive and healthier lawn – this is not one of the places to scrimp on. Ensure that you have at least 50mm of great soil under your new lawn at a minimum. When you come up to any hardscaped features in your yard like paving or concrete, have the topsoil layer finishing about 25mm below their height.
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Now is the fun part – laying the turf. A couple of tips:
- Never allow the roots of the turf to dry out
- Never stretch the turf
- Make sure there is good contact between the topsoil and the underside of the turf
- Start by laying a strip of turf around all the borders and then cut in
- Lay turf across slopes, not down them
- Try to use full slabs when you can rather than small off-cuts
- Water the turf immediately upon laying
- Give the turf a roll with a turf roller to bed the roots into the soil – this will also push any end pieces back into position
And you’re done, right? Not quite. Give your new lawn a daily watering for a minimum of two weeks or until it is well established. After that a deep watering once a week is usually adequate but just keep an eye on it. Avoid all traffic on the new lawn to give it some time to settle, take root and establish.
If, after a few weeks, some of the turf edges have not knitted or continue to stand up a bit, you can walk over the turf to press down those edges. Mowing should also help with this. You should only mow once the new lawn is well established and when it seems to need it.