How to Lay a new Lawn

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Back in November we had a new path put in at the back of the house. I wrote about it here.

It's all looking great, but unfortunately the workmens' constant tramping around on the lawn, leaving piles of tools and materials on it, had left us with a bit of a sorry mess. In addition, the fact that the new bricks are now level, mean that the slope of the garden created a bit of a step down to the grass and a nasty visible concrete strip, which I really didn't like. Waiting for the grass to grow back was never going to be a long-term solution so more drastic action was needed!

I've been waiting for some good weather and signs of spring before venturing outside to build up the levels and relay the lawn in time for summer. So off to Homebase I went last weekend to buy top soil and turf and get down to some hard work!

This job took me an afternoon. I had 8m2 of lawn to work on, so it was easily achievable, although pretty hard work it has to be said. Looks good though, don't you think? are my tips for laying a new lawn ~ should you ever need to do it yourself...

1. Measure the area you want to turf and double-check your figures ~ you don't want to over or under buy!

2. Make an estimate of how much top soil you need to buy. You should be aiming for a depth of at least 2.5cm for the new turf to lay down roots into

3. Remove any old grass ~ be warned, this is the hard part!  I used the edge of a spade, sliding it under the old grass and levering it up. I was tempted to just plonk down the new turf on top of the old lawn, but a quick search online told me that this was a definite no-no if I wanted to maximise the chances of the new lawn taking properly and avoid weeds from the old grass growing through

4.  Lay the new top soil and rake it evenly over the area, making sure it's level

5. Water the top soil and sprinkle with a lawn fertiliser

6. Now for the fun part! Roll out the new turf. Start in a place where there's a straight edge. Lay in a brickwork pattern to avoid having all the joins in the same place

7. Water well, and continue daily watering for up to six weeks

8. Keep your fingers crossed!!

* I found it easier to cut the turf with scissors in areas where it needed shaping, rather than use a spade.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Claire! It never cease to amaze me how you did 3 and 4 successfully! Impressive!

    I really struggled with those two! When I was choosing a top soil for my lawn, I was unsure how to get the best one. Here's a resource your readers might be interested in: Or if you have a more practical approach, please write a post about it.

    Would you show us the updated pic of your turf?


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