In order to make the best of your Rysport turf it is important
to ensure a good ground preparation for the area to be turfed.
This may sound scary but it doesn’t have to be.
There are four steps to be taken for the ground preparation.
- Ensure that perennial weeds like couch grass are removed either by hand or with a suitable weed killer. Your local garden centre will be happy to advise you as to which product to use.
- Rotovate or Fork over the area to a depth of 6 to 8 inches, removing any large stones, old turf or debris and breaking up any large lumps of soil as you go.
- Tread over or roll the area to consolidate the soil and rake over for levels. Repeat this process several time to create a smooth and evenly consolidated surface on which to lay your turf.
- Before laying your Rysport turf rake approx. 28g (1oz) of bonemeal or general purpose compound fertiliser per square metre.
And six steps to be taken for laying your new turf.
- Begin laying next to a straight edge i.e. Patio or path.
- Place the rolls end to end, ensure the turf is not stretched but is butted tightly against the pieces already laid.
- Pieces at the end of a line that are too long can be cut and placed at the start of next line.
- Stagger the pieces of turf (they should look like brickwork) and when laying the turf, walk on boards so as not to damage the new turf.
- When your new lawn is in place, firm the new turf down by rolling lightly or tamping with a flat board nailed to a pole.
- Ensure your new lawn area is moist and water if necessary.
And four steps in turf maintenance.
- Once the roots have knitted into the soil and the grass is growing well your lawn should be lightly mowed. Trim no shorter than 25mm (1”) in the first season.
- Water in dry spells in the early morning and/or the evening, when necessary, ensuring that the turf and top 25mm (1”) of soil remain moist so that the new roots grow quickly.
- When the lawn is established, do not over water in dry weather. Instead encourage the grass to grow deep string roots by applying at least 12mm (½”) of water at a time. Use a jam jar to check the rate.
- Too much water too often will encourage shallow, weak roots and can encourage weeds.