Do you know the feeling when you're sprawled out on the grass in summer? People love that feeling, but not everyone is lucky enough to have their own lawn outside. Of course, there are ways that you can create a lawn and they're not as difficult as you may think. You have two options - you could choose to sow the seed and allow the lawn to grow through naturally, or you could choose to turf your outdoor space for an instant transformation.
The method that you should choose depends heavily on your budget and time constraints. For example, someone who has plenty of time but a low budget might be better of choosing grass seed. It can be bought and planted at a relatively low cost, but it takes a few weeks for the lawn to really start showing through.
On the other hand, you could choose to lay turf. Turf is a great time-saving option but costs a little more than grass seed. It's worth it though! Turf is generally more resilient than grass seed because the grassroots have already had time to establish. Laying turf is the best option if you want to create a thick, luscious lawn with minimal bare spots.
Choose a professional turf laying service (like the one we offer here at Lawn and Weed Expert) if you want to achieve the best results.
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Preparing the ground
If you choose our full comprehensive turf laying service, then you shouldn't need to do any of the manual work yourself. However, if you want to create your own lawn, then you can follow this method. These steps will prepare the ground for turf or grass seed, depending on your preference.
All you need is:
- A spade
- A rake
- A garden fork
Step 1 - Digging
This is a vital first step when it comes to preparing the ground. Digging up the ground and turning (or rotovating) the soil will help to make sure that any surface weeds have been killed and buried. If you spot any perennial weeds, we'd recommend removing them and disposing of them in your green bin, otherwise, they might come back and cause problems for your new lawn.
If you want to improve the nutrient level in your soil, you could choose to dig in some well-rotted organic material or fertiliser like manure. This will help give your new lawn the best start to life.
Step 2 - Levelling
Next, you need to take your garden fork and use it to break up the soil so that it's nice and level. The more level you can get the ground, the more level your finished lawn will be. You may even need to top dress the soil if your ground is quite rich in clays. Again, this is something we can recommend and do for you if you choose to create your new lawn with our help!
Step 3 - Create the lawn
At this point, you can look at ordering your turf or your grass seed. Ideally, you'll need to lay your turf one to two days after it arrives. If you need longer to get the job done, it's paramount that you keep the rolls of turf in a cool, damp place.
If they dry out too much, you run this risk of losing your lovely new lawn! Lawn seeds should be planted when the soil is warm and damp - the seeds need to germinate if they're going to grow. Of course, it can take a couple of weeks for the grass shoots to come through, so be patient.
If you're ready to create a lawn in your garden, don't hesitate to get in touch. Our team of lawn care specialists can offer great advice and can even recommend a program to help take care of your lawn in the coming years.
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