Turf preparation and after care

Preparation 

The key to any lawn is well prepared soil
Treatment with a Glyphosate based weed-killer (systemic herbicide) prior to cultivation will remove any weeds present and help prevent re-growth
Remove stones larger than 15mm (0.6"); remaining smaller stones will aid drainage
Firm the ground by treading, then rake and level the soil creating a fine tilth
The ground can be considered well prepared when a trodden shoe makes a mark but does not sink into the soil
Water lightly prior to laying so the turf is placed onto a damp surface
Apply a dressing of our balanced fertiliser (30-60 grams or 1-2 ounces per square yard) to aid root establishment

Laying and Jointing

Our turf is grown from seed using a blend of grasses that knit together to form a firm base, avoiding the need for netting
Rolls should be laid tightly together and kept moist to aid establishment and fusion
For best results, lay the turf using planks to work from and walk on
Lay the edges of borders first, like a big frame. This prevents the edges from drying out
Turf should be laid in alternate directions in a staggered bond, ensuring the joints are pulled into each other, but avoid stretching the turf
Do not skimp! Using small bits to finish the job will only dry out and ruin the finish. When ordering it is a good idea to allow 5% for cuts on a square lawn, and 10% for cuts on an irregular shape lawn. Any spare can be stacked in rolls and make great soil
It is not advisable to roll after laying as this will squash air out of the soil and will destroy the crumb structure. Nature will quickly press the turf down with the first shower of rain.


Watering 


Although turf can be laid at any time of the year, some periods are better than others. As a general rule of thumb we say, if you are able to prepare the ground, we are able to supply the turf. However, as responsible turf producers, we feel it necessary to point out some of the pitfalls to laying turf in hot, dry conditions. The ground needs to be completely prepared beforehand so the turf can be laid straight away. During very hot dry periods, we lift our turf on the morning of delivery so it will arrive with you as fresh as possible. If the ground is very dry, it is a good idea to water before putting the turf down. Newly laid turf must be absolutely saturated initially, and then kept damp for 2-4 weeks until the lawn is well established. In the absence of any significant rainfall, you will need to constantly water the turf for the first week., and then daily every morning and evening. In the UK, a drought is defined as 15 consecutive days, on none of which is there more than 0.2mm of rain. However, it does not need to be an absolute drought for our lawns to suffer. It is very easy to underestimate the amount of water required, but it is worth remembering that during hot dry spells, our gardens can be dry up to six inches, and it can take an hour for water to soak down just one inch—that really is a lot of water! Sprinkler systems are good, but they do not cover the entire lawn. In particular, pay attention to the roll edges which will dry out first. We want you to be entirely happy with your lawn, and if you are unable to keep it watered, it may be best to just enjoy the sunshine and wait for a break in the weather before laying turf. Sherborne turf will still be here, and we will be more than happy to supply you with our quality Trent Turf when conditions are more favourable. Please note: our usual guarantee does not apply where turf is laid against our recommendation.
Remember Turf should be kept moist at all times, particularly during the first month after laying
Ensure the turf is soaked after laying. During hot dry spells, gardens can be dry for up to 6 inches in depth, and it can take an hour for water to soak down 1 inch
Remember that sprinkler systems invariably do not cover the entire lawn, and pay particular attention to the edge of the turf rolls which can dry out quickly
Watering should be done at the start or end of the day, avoiding direct sunlight which may scorch the turf
Avoid walking on turf during rain or after watering to prevent divots whilst establishing.


When to Mow

Please do not be in a hurry to cut the lawn. Allow the turf to settle and take root for about a month
For the initial cuts, set the mower to its highest setting and to avoid stressing the grass, ensure the blades are sharp/meshing together correctly
Freshly laid lawns require cutting after about 3 weeks or when the length has reached 76mm (3")
Cut regularly, maintaining between 38-50mm (1.5-2")
The cut height may be reduced gradually to the optimum level of between 15-35mm (0.5-1.5")