How To Create The Perfect Emerald Lawn Ireland
On new sites, or on worn out lawns, where weed vegetation has developed, the entire area should be sprayed with a weed-killer. Preferably apply a “glyphosate” based weed-killer (such as Roundup), especially if stubborn weeds are present such as “Docken”. If the weed cover does not consist of stubborn weeds, and a quicker kill is required, then a “paraquat” based weed-killer can be used. The latter will normally take two-three days to give the desired effect, whilst the former will require two-three weeks until the weeds are desiccated. These weed killers are available from your local garden centre, who can advise on the recommended usage as stated on the product label.
Cultivating and Conditioning the Top Soil
When the applied weed-killer has given the desired effect, or with recently filled topsoil, the area should be cultivated by digging or rotavating. At this stage ensure that there is a minimum of 6 inches of topsoil present. If not, then the level should be increased as required with good quality topsoil. On heavy soils a “blinding” of sand can be spread over the area to improve the condition of the soil, leading to improved surface drainage and easier contouring of final levels. The site should now be graded to obtain approximate final levels. All debris such as stones and weed vegetation should be removed.
Consolidating and Leveling
To minimise future settlement it will now be necessary to “heel in” the ground so that it is firm enough to withstand imprints being left when walking over the site. Final levels should be corrected by light raking or “screeding” with the edge of a plank of wood, when reasonably dry ground conditions prevail. If a path or kerbs border the lawn area, the soil level should be flush with them, not making any allowance for the thickness of the eventual turf. The reason for this is that the turf is only ½ – ¾ inch thick and the final lawn level is better being slightly proud to enable unrestricted moving in the future. In addition the lawn levels will always settle slightly in time.
Fertilising the site and ordering the turfgrass
A lawn starter fertiliser should be spread over the ground and raked in lightly to the top ½ inch of the soil. Your local garden centre will be able to supply a suitable fertiliser and advise on the recommended usage, as stated on the product label. The fertiliser should be applied not more than 2-3 days prior to laying the lawn turf. The proposed lawn should be measured as accurately as possible to ensure you receive sufficient lawn turf to complete the job. Please remember to place your order with as much notice as possible, giving accurate delivery instructions. When ordering you will be advised of the expected delivery timing.
Laying the Turfgrass
Lay all the turves WITHIN 24 HOURS OF DELIVERY. If there is going to be a delay of more than 24 hours before laying the turf, then roll it out onto a “holding bed” (such as a drive or pathway) WITHIN 24 HOURS OF DELIVERY, and water sufficiently (as directed later) to keep it healthy. Start laying the turves in a straight line, along the longest edge of the area to be turfed, butting them closely end-to-end without stretching. On the first row of newly laid turves, place planks of wood or plywood sheets to walk on and work from, whilst laying the second row of turves. Repeat this procedure and always avoid walking on the prepared ground or the turf just laid, as this may disturb levels and add to your work. Alternative rows of turves should have the joints staggered to create a brickwork fashion.
Watering the New Lawn
Upon completion of laying the turf, the area should be SATURATED WITH WATER, especially during dry spells of weather. It is essential the turf is kept well watered until it has established (i.e. rooted into the ground). If not the turves can shrink, leaving gaps in the lawn, or easily die. The watering should be sufficient to thoroughly percolate through the turf and well into the underlying soil. Check this by periodically looking under the corners of some turves. IF IN DOUBT, SOAK IT! – YOU CANNOT OVER WATER.
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