Lawn Repair

 

Sorting out the lawn can seem like a hugely daunting task. Whether you have some dead, brown patches, or you need to re-seed huge sections, we’ve put together some top advice about laying turf and sowing seed to help you.

 

Turf

Laying turf is a straightforward way to either install a new area of lawn, or repair large, damaged sections of your garden. Autumn is the best time to lay new turf, when the ground is moist and still warm after the summer. The height of summer isn’t advised unless you want to spend an awful lot of time watering to counteract the drying effects of the summer sun.

 

Make sure you remove any weeds and give your soil a good digging over to remove any claggy sections along with any stones, and rocks etc. Level it all off and take care to ensure there aren’t any dips or hollows as these will stay in place once the turf is down and can make mowing and drainage problematic.

 

Fresh turf comes in rolls so it’s vital that you can either lay it, or at least unroll it within the first 24 hours. Lay the rolls in a brick-like pattern so that the edges are staggered and then sprinkle over a layer of top soil and make sure the fresh turf stays moist but not over wet. Feeding a new section of lawn is always a good idea but it’s best to wait until the new grass grows to at least two inches before giving it a first mow.

 

Seed

Though a more affordable option than turf, sowing grass seed works best on small areas or patches. Make sure you select the right type of grass seed to suit your needs e.g. if it’s for a shady area, drought-prone gardens, or will see high traffic. You can sow grass seed any time between March and October but it’s often recommended that you hang on until September.

 

Clear the area you want to seed of any old grass, and any rocks or pebbles. Prepare the soil well by raking in some fertiliser and level it off. Depending on the size of patch, you need to sow at the right rate to ensure adequate coverage. If it’s a small patch, work out its size and weigh out the correct amount of seed. If it’s a larger area (or the whole lawn), section the area into square metres with canes and string. This is useful later as it means you can hook some netting over the top to protect the seed from birds.

 

Make sure you keep your seed watered if it’s particularly sunny and dry when you sow, and stay on top of any weeds that pop up before they have the chance to establish. Wait until the grass reaches about 5cm before you give it the first mow.

 

So, whether you turf or sow your new lawn, follow our guidelines to make sure you get a lawn that brings you plenty of enjoyment for years to come.