Lovin’ your lawn

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - February Contents -

lay­ing a new turf lawn is one of the quick­est ways to im­prove a gar­den’s ap­pear­ance, and it’s a job that’s well within the skill level of a home land­scaper. The se­cret to get­ting it right is prepa­ra­tion. You can’t just roll out new turf over the top of an old lawn – a lit­tle ground prep is re­quired first. But it’s worth the ef­fort, as a lush green lawn will turn your yard into a gar­den and tie all the el­e­ments to­gether beau­ti­fully.

The right prepa­ra­tion

To give turf its best chance to thrive, it needs to be laid onto a bed of loamy soil – not hard ground. The ideal soil is a free-drain­ing medium, which also con­tains or­ganic mat­ter to help re­tain mois­ture – it’s of­ten sold as ‘turf un­der­lay soil’. The soil bed should be about 25-50mm deep, so when ex­ca­vat­ing for new turf, it’s im­por­tant to al­low for this depth, as well as the depth of the turf it­self.

1 Turf has to be laid as soon as pos­si­ble af­ter it’s de­liv­ered – it dries out quickly dur­ing hot sum­mer weather. Stack the rolls in a shady spot and spray with a fine mist of water to damp them down.

2 To cre­ate a cir­cu­lar lawn from turf, you’ll need to mark out the cir­cle with set-out paint. Then trim the turf with a sharp knife, fol­low­ing the marked line.

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