Turf Care & Ground Preparation Tominearly, Clonroche, Wexford
053 9244994 / 087 2523195
Ground and soil Preparation
We would be delighted to quote for the complete installation of your turf. Whether the job is a football pitch or a small lawn, we have the knowledge, experience and equipment to provide the complete professional service, including ground preparation.
If, however you wish to carry out the ground preparation yourself, please note the following guidelines to ensure that the finished lawn is of top quality.
- Remove existing turf by cutting under the grass with a spade or turf-stripping machine.
- Turn over the soil to a depth of a few centimetres by digging or using a rotovator
- Ensure that the area is free of any stones, weeds or old turf.
- Test the soil for any nutrient deficiency. Apply a pre-turfing fertilizer and rake into the soil.
- Continue raking to produce a smooth, even surface. Keep the surface about 2 cm below any existing lawn area, driveway or path.
- Water the prepared area well in summer months to settle the soil and provide a moist base for the new turf. The area should be dry and workable during turf laying.
We would be happy to quote for the complete installation of your turf. However, should you choose to install the turf yourself, please note the following advice.Install the turf immediately on delivery. Turf is a living plant which requires ground contact and moisture to survive. Begin laying the turf along the longest straightest boundary line e.g.driveway or path.
Butt and push edges against each other tightly without stretching. Stagger the joints in each row as you would bricks in a wall. Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges, as they will not retain their moisture. Also, avoid creating indentations or air pockets with repeated walking on turf while it is being installed or just after watering. Use planks to walk across the turf. If installing on a slope, place the turf across the slope.
Give your new lawn a good soaking immediately after installation and water daily until the turf is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks) Make sure that the lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry or windy periods NB: NEVER LET THE TURF DRY OUT!!
Maintenance after installation:
During the first 2 or 3 weeks, avoid heavy use of your lawn; this will give turf roots an opportunity to firmly knit with the soil and ensure that the lawn remains smooth.
Mow about 2 – 3 weeks from laying, adjusting your mower to the highest setting. It is important that the turf is neither cut too short or scalped during the early mowing – nor should it be allowed to get too long.
Feed regularly in the growing season (April to October), ideally once every six weeks using lawn fertilizer.
Water the lawn during prolonged dry periods.
Mow once or twice a week during the growing season. Try to avoid mowing in wet weather.