Detailed Guide for Landing Laying
A good turf is expensive, and landing laying requires work. However, turf is the quickest way to make a lawn – it takes just a few hours. In this article, we will provide the steps to take for laying turf in your garden, from purchasing turf to taking care of it once it is laid.
What type of turf should you purchase? There are different types of soils and grasses that you can choose from, but you may want to consider the popular meadow turf. Remember: good meadow turf can create a beautiful and durable lawn, whereas inferior meadow turf can create a sea of weeds. Try to buy the best turf for landing laying that you can afford in order to achieve the best result.
Prior to purchasing, try to get a sample and review it. Following are the features of good turf that you can look for in the sample: no pests or diseases, virtually no weeds, no bald spots, an even surface, uniform thickness, no stones, good soil (not clay, not too sandy), short grass (long grass can hide weeds), and a good root system with many white roots.
Consider purchasing about 5% more turf for landing laying than your lawn's area, as a backup. If the manufacturer allows you to choose the size of the turf layers, remember: small layers are easier to place than large ones.
You will need to do some preparation. About a week in advance, add fertilizer to the soil and work it in with a rake. Mark the area for landing laying with string.
What's the best time to lay turf? The best time for landing laying is the end of autumn or the beginning of winter, provided that the soil is not frozen or over-saturated with moisture. You can lay it in March-April as well – you will just need to water more in dry weather. Choose a clear day, when the soil is dry enough (it's hard to work in the rain or right after it).
Remember: lay the delivered turf as soon as possible, because it deteriorates quickly. Place the first layer and tamp it gently. Place the second layer butt joint to the first one, and tamp. The adjacent layers of turf in landing laying need to be shifted relative to each other like bricks in brickwork. If you need to stand on the turf, stand on a plank. Fill the gaps between the layers with mulch to help the roots "weld".
When the grass starts to grow, cut it to remove the tips. Subsequently, you can lower the blade to reach the desired height. In April or May, add fertilizer and treat with herbicide. Keep in mind that new landing laying does not tolerate drought too well, so water it abundantly in the absence of rain.