Every lawn is unique so this information is a general guide rather than a prescriptive plan. The variations in lawn conditions can include soil acidity, drainage conditions, aspect to the sun, shade influences from surrounding trees and shrubs, levels of compaction from lawn use and lawn slope angles.
Here are the general stages in laying your lawn:
- Lift old turf with a specialised cutter unit. This lifts the complete turf including roots by rolling the turfs up as they are cut to a specific depth.
- The subsoil is now assessed for aeration to loosen the ground so that water and nutrients can infiltrate efficiently over time.
- If weeds are a problem, we may recommend a herbicide application that is left on the soil to systemically kills the weed roots over 2 weeks or so.
- To improve the soil prior to turf laying a screened loam topsoil/sand dressing can be applied with a fertiliser.
- Once the lawn base is level the turfs are laid followed by several weeks of watering to ensure the turf roots grow into the subsoil.
Each garden is different so the stages can vary according to your lawn needs You have a single consultant to advise you on the stages and follow up care after your new lawn is completed.
Guidance on improving your lawn
Over time the grass on the lawn can become compacted from years of walking across it causing the root density along with the thatch to become a barrier to water, air and nutrients reaching the grass roots. If aeration/scarification or topsoil dressings are not viable options then you can consider having a new lawn turf laid.
- Address any weed and moss issues via ferrous sulphate applications and lawn weed suppressants.
- Scarification of dead grass thatch and weeds/moss.
- Aeration via cores or blades to improve drainage conditions.
- Topsoil and coarse sand dressing to improve soil conditions and create a more even lawn surface.
- Seed dressing on bare patches with the mix depending upon lawn conditions.
- Liquid or granular fertiliser applications to improve lawn disease resistance and vitality. The exact mix varies with the seasons and existing lawn condition.