The First Steps in Laying a New Grass Lawn…
When you look out into your yard and see a blank plot or an overgrown grass area neglected to the point of no return, installing a new lawn can seem like an impossible chore. In this article, I’ll address some of the most often-asked questions I’ve gotten from homeowners concerning laying sod for a new lawn.
Should I Dig Up the Existing Turf…
Yes, the old grass must be taken out. By tearing up the old grass, you’ll give the new grassroots something to grab onto when you plant it. Removing your lawn to a depth of 2-3 inches is standard practice, but you also need to consider the slope of your yard and how much dirt you’ll need to replace it. It is possible to leave the old lawn in place when adding a layer of new soil below grade. Fresh grass needs at least three inches of nutrient-rich, well-draining soil. In most cases, a sod cutter is required to get rid of a lawn, as opposed to a bobcat and excavator, which could pose a safety risk and cause more labor than was anticipated.
In the New Lawn’s Soil…
The soil in your new lawn is crucial to the success of your plants. If you invest in high-quality topsoil, your fresh grass will thrive for years. The general rule is that the higher the price of soil, the higher the quality.
A lawn should have at least 3 inches of well-draining topsoil installed. At least 70 percent sand should be present in the soil, and the subgrade should be permeable to water. Wood chip- and organic matter-rich soils should be avoided. It would be best to avoid grounds that smell bad since they include paper recycling garbage. Ask your provider about the soil’s composition and ensure the composting process is complete, as most modern topsoil is made from compost. You should ask your provider for a soil analysis that shows a ph balance of 7.
Seed or Grass Variety That…
Putting down turf, or sod, is the recommended process for establishing a new lawn. Turf farms are open to supply sod throughout the year, and sod can be installed anytime.
Whether you should use grass seed or sod depends on the following:
First, the opportunity to use your lawn. Consider the number of people, animals, and playthings that frequent your yard.
Your lawn’s exposure to sunlight, secondly. The minimum amount of sunshine required for full sunlight is 70 percent.
Third, your region’s average seasonal temperatures.
Sod from a reputable farm or provider will typically include a residential-grade variety. Sod farms cultivate grasses that do well in high foot activity and partial shade. Low-maintenance, specialized grasses can sometimes be found. Remember to inquire…
Instructions for Laying Sod…
These simple measures can help you lay down a fresh lawn:
First, brickwork the turf so the seams at the top of the sod rolls do not line up. Move forward straight at first.
Seal all of the seams and the edges with a but. To ensure the grass grows over all of the soil, you’ll need to put in some extra effort and time to pull the joints of the turf rolls together. Weeds will sprout in the empty spaces between the turf rolls. Installing sod might be challenging if you don’t take your time.
The third step is to use a sharp knife to cut the overlapping parts into place. The leftovers might be used to patch up additional areas. Over time, sod seams will blend. There is no need to throw away any unused turf.
As you lay the sod, be sure to water it. Do not allow the grass to dry out. Allowing the sod to dry out might cause the seams to shrink and ultimately kill the turf. Be prepared to water the sod frequently if you plan on laying it down on a hot day.
After you have finished laying turf, it is recommended that you roll it.
A new lawn is an easy way to increase the value of your home and add instant curb appeal.
Check out BC Instant Lawns or Fraser Valley Turf Farms for more details.
BC Instant Lawns and Landscapes is owned by John Sykes, who focuses on laying new sod.