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Laying garden lawns


how to lay lawns

'How do I lay garden lawns properly?' We show you step by step how to lay lawns properly, if you want to lay a lawn yourself. We give you valuable landscaping advice, so get your fork, rake, spade, half moon edger, wooden boards, pegs & line, hosepipe and sprinkler out & start laying lawns!

A lawn can be laid at almost any time of the year, but try to avoid extremes in the weather, such as very cold temperatures where frost is likely, or very hot and sunny days in summer...

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step 1 - clear the site and markout

Using a scaled plan of the garden, mark out the position where the lawn will be situated using your pegs and line, then clear the site of any vegetation and large stones. Break up the entire surface with a garden fork.

step 2 - level the site

step 2 - level the site

Level the surface. This can be best achieved by raking soil from any high spots into the hollows, firming with your feet as you go.

For most lawns your eye will be accurate enough, a few undulations are acceptable.

step 3 - tread your soil all over

step 3 - tread your soil all over

Once a level area has been achieved, tread the soil all over to ensure it
is evenly compacted.

You may need to rake over the surface and repeat the process up to three times.

step 4 - laying your turf rolls

step 4 - laying your turf rolls

Starting at one edge, roll out the first couple of turves to form a straight row. Now lay a wooden board on top of this row and start to lay the next row. Stagger the joints like a brick wall, so no two ends match and remember to butt them up tightly to each other. Continue in this fashion until the entire area has been covered, ensuring the turf goes at least 50mm or 2" over the edges.

step 5 - air pockets and top dressing

step 5 - air pockets and top dressing

Firm the turf with the back of your rake to make sure there are no trapped air pockets and brush top dressing into the gaps for the best results.

step 6 - edge cutting your turf lawn

step 6 - edge cutting your turf lawn

Now neaten the edges to the shape you have marked out with your line.

If it is a straight edge, use one of your (straight) wooden boards as a guide and cut along this, or for curved edges use a hose or rope as a guide.

DIY tips for laying garden lawns

DIY tips for laying garden lawns

Use your wooden boards all the time when laying your lawn.
Try not to walk on your lawn for two weeks.
Wait at least two weeks until mowing new lawns.
keep your new lawn damp until well established.                                   

DIY tips for laying garden lawns

Use boards all the time when laying your lawn, and try not to walk on it for two weeks - wait at least two weeks until mowing and keep damp until established.

Ideally choose a week when rain is forecast after you have laid your rolls of turf as this will ensure they will be watered for you. Also, when preparing the soil in readiness for the lawn, the soil should not be sticking to the bottom of your boots too much - if it is, it's too wet to prepare effectively.

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