At Avon Turf, we've been working as landscape gardeners and turf farmers in the south west for a generation. We've witnessed industry trends come and go, as technology has evolved. We were in this game when rolling turf was an endurance event. Today we sit back and let our turf harvester do the heavy lifting.
Although we offer a landscaping service, we're happy to simply deliver turf too. Customers, and local gardeners, often quiz us on the best practice for laying turf. There are different schools of thought; Some stagger the strips, others lay them to create a stripy effect and there are those who just throw it down and let nature do the rest.
Lawn Care Fundamentals
Through the years, we've witness a multitude of approaches from customers and gardeners with varied degrees of competence and experience. Truth be told, laying turf doesn't require an MBA, but a firm grasp of the fundamentals helps. Our organizing principle here is efficiency, let's roll.
Here's a rollcall of the essentials:
- A Wheelbarrow (Well, that depends ...)
- Turf Knife
- Garden Sprinkler
Before the fun and games ensue, let's assume you've done the groundwork. For turf to set and rise, you'll require a healthy foundation of soil. We distribute screened topsoil that is ready to disperse evenly and rich in all the essential nutrients, including phosphorous and potassium. Without the right balance, your turf will wither and fade.
As you unfurl the turf, begin with the perimeter. This will give you a guideline as you progress. Unroll the turf parallel, tucking the turves in tightly. Rhizomes allow the turf to bond laterally, but not if there are broad gaps. As you progress to the perimeter your turf knife will come in handy. Perfection isn't necessary, just ensure the turves are in touch and nature will do the rest.
Look After Your Investment
Once laid your turf will need up to 7 days to become established. During this period you'll need to apply the water generously and evenly throughout the lawn. In the event of discoloration or gaps parting the turf, contact your turf distributor to safeguard your investment. Turf can be laid in an afternoon, but can slowly fade over weeks and months.