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PREPARING THE GROUND

The quality of your lawn depends on proper ground preparation which is essential to produce the best results. If you have an existing lawn the turf should be removed first  by cutting underneath the grass using a spade. If you have a large are of grass it may be expedient to hire a purpose-designed turf cutter. The underlying soil must then be  turned to a depth of 6 inches (15cm)  using a spade or a powered cultivator. The whole area should be cleared of stones, weeds, old turf and any other debris. It is our recommendation that this ground preparation is done before taking delivery of the turf which should, ideally, be laid within 24 hours of delivery for the best results.


Adding Topsoil

Topsoil should be added to the newly prepared base to build up levels or to improve the quality of the existing soil. Our Topsoil product is perfect for this task. To calculate how much topsoil you will need 1 tonne of topsoil will cover an area of 50sq metres to a depth of approximately 1inch (25cm).
Raking
Once the ground has been turned and is at approximately the level required, either by adding topsoil or not, it should be raked to produce a smooth, level surface. After raking any soft patches can be identified by a light roll or treading the surface by foot. These should then be raked level. Continue this process until the whole area is evenly firm and level but not compacted. Turf can now be laid on this surface.
Ordering
The proposed lawn area should now be measured accurately in square metres. We will be happy to assist if you have any problems with this measuring. Turf is supplied in rolls to facilitate easy laying and handling.We recommend giving us as much notice as possible of the date the turf is required so that we can have your turf ready for delivery or collection in a timely fashion
Laying the Turf
You should lay the turf as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours of delivery and keep the turf shaded before laying to avoid the rolls drying out.  When laying the turf you should not walk directly on the prepared soil or newly-laid turf. Boards or planks should be used both to walk on and work from.
A single strip of turf should first be laid around the perimeter of the lawn avoiding the use of any small pieces as these can dry out and perish. The underside of the new turf should have full contact with the soil below to ensure proper root growth. The next strip laid  should be along the longest straight run thereafter working from there across the area, strip by strip, overlapping each row as if laying laminate flooring.  Adjoining edges and ends should be butted against each other, but do not stretch the turf. End of rows and any overlapping pieces should be cut off with a sharp knife or lawn edging tool.
Turf must be laid as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours of delivery. In hot weather, keep turf in the shade. It is advisable to prepare the ground in advance of the turf arriving to avoid hold-ups for any reason.
Watering
Any turf laid between March and October should be watered thoroughly within approximately half an hour of laying and subsequently at least once a day until the roots are established. It is recommended that every piece of turf laid should receive at least 2 hours of constant watering per day, increasing during periods of hot, dry or windy weather. If you notice any signs of the new turf drying out (browning, curling or shrinking) then water immediately and thoroughly.
Feeding
During the growing season your turf should be fed using a balanced fertiliser containing similar levels of Nitrogen (N), Phosphate (P) and Potash (K) should be applied every four to six weeks. The manufacturer's recommendations with regard to applications must be followed for best results.
Mowing
You should not mow your new lawn until it has rooted which can be checked by lifting a corner to see if the roots are attached to the soil below. When the lawn has rooted and is to be mowed for the first time set the lawn mower as high as possible setting to avoid damaging the grass. Initially mow regularly and lightly, removing no more than one-third of the grass height until the lawn is fully established. The mower cut settings can be reduced progressively until you get to  your preferred length (a height between 15mm and 35mm is recommended). Take care to avoid cutting too low and scalping.



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We supply quality turf within a 50 mile radius of the midlands including Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Worcester, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Derby, Stoke, Leicester .

We can deliver beyond but we believe reducing our carbon footprint by remaining within these area and only using OUR OWN Transport makes for a more reliable delivery .