When laying your lawn, one of the most important undertakings is site preparation. This ensures that the new turf gets a healthy base to thrive. Site preparation is done before any kind of turfing is installed. The roots of your turf need to have great soil so that they can be properly established so as to penetrate evenly and deep into the ground. Deep roots are great and this is because they retain more water and nutrients, making the lawn more resistant to factors such as drought.
We know that you might not have the time nor know how to prepare your site, and this is why we offer a site and ground preparation service along with our turf supplies.
The Site Preparation Process
Different processes may be undertaken depending on the type of soil and general condition of the site. There are a few things you need to know about site preparation, and the major differences come in when a new turf is being laid over an existing grass cover.
- Any existing grass or weeds needs to be sprayed and removed. Spraying the surface is essential, as it ensures that weeds do not resurface since they could destroy the healthy turf.
- Ensure that all debris, rocks and clods are removed. Besides excavation, any existing lawn also needs to be completely eliminated.
The quality of the soil is an important consideration and in cases where there is poor soil cover, incorporate healthy topsoil or a turf underlay. Once the site is in order, the top soil and turf underlay are placed to create a quality base for the new turf. We also recommend using a good fertiliser, once the turf has been laid, to fill it with nutrients that enhance the health of your new lawn.
Our services are professional and we only install the new turf once soil improvement and site preparation has been correctly undertaken.
DIY Checklist Before Laying Turf
Although we can take care of the site and ground preparation ourselves, we also understand that some may prefer to do it themselves. If you are thinking of taking on your own site preparation, you need the right tools. Ask us about our excavation and plant hire service. We have a range of equipment to help make the job easier for you, including bobcat, rotary hoe and various backyard excavators.
Ensure the following are in order before laying your turf:
- Weeds are eliminated
- Site is cleared of debris
- Good quality soil underlay is incorporated
- Fertiliser is used to boost your new lawn
A great lawn is determined by its foundation, and this therefore makes site preparation one of the most important tasks in landscaping.