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    Laying New Turf - What's the best kind of soil to put under it??

    Anyone know whats the best type of soil to put down before laying new turf??

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    I use the brown one.

    Original Poster

    helpful...

    The soil is going to be at the top (just underneath the grass, not on top of it) so I will stick my neck out and say top soil.

    topsoil.co.uk/bri…tml

    My brother says use this, he was a Greenkeeper so I assume he knows what he is talking about lol

    British Standard Topsoil.

    -edit: amazon.co.uk/Law…487 he suggests this book as a good source of information.

    A good quality topsoil is the way forward on this

    bbc.co.uk/gar…tml

    He just said that you should really be doing this in Autumn and not Summer unless you can keep it well irrigated. He said its too hot, it would be cheaper and easier to use seed at this time of year.

    PhearFactor;5407249

    He just said that you should really be doing this in Autumn and not … He just said that you should really be doing this in Autumn and not Summer unless you can keep it well irrigated. He said its too hot, it would be cheaper and easier to use seed at this time of year.



    +1 it is possible but if you are on a water meter it would be very costly as you have to drown the turf everyday for at least two weeks!

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    Yeah i've read its not the best time of year, but we're in a rush to get the garden finished. I'm a childminder, and it doesn't look good for people to come round and see mounds of earth in the back garden instead of a lovely lawn. A huge thanks to everyone who has replied...

    Original Poster

    Thanks MikeBike & Phearfactor... rep added

    PhearFactor;5407249

    He just said that you should really be doing this in Autumn and not … He just said that you should really be doing this in Autumn and not Summer unless you can keep it well irrigated. He said its too hot, it would be cheaper and easier to use seed at this time of year.



    I laid some new turf last Tuesday and its like a meadow now, been giving it a good watering every morning and evening when its not in direct sun, what area you in? I paid £1.50 square meter delivered and can highly recommend them.

    I also gave each section of soil a good shower with the hosepipe before laying a strip of turf on it to stop it both leeching moisture from the turf and also feed the turf from the bottom, then when I had finished a row gave it a good soak from the top.

    Remember to start the rows staggered so one row would start with a full length, the next with a half and if a row finishes with less than a half length put a full length there and the shorter piece before it.

    This is mine after 10 days:

    http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s308/harlzter/lawn1.jpg
    http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s308/harlzter/lawn2.jpg

    If you have mounds of earth isn't this exactly what you need to use?

    smithyp1;5407363

    Rep begging .....reported :thumbsup:



    Infraction on it's way. :-(

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    Ooohh Harlzter... your garden looks fab!! I'm in Glasgow area... please tell me your turf supplier is around here too????

    thesaint;5407584

    Infraction on it's way. :-(



    If only i took this place serious .......... :thumbsup:

    harlzter I think it is more to do with the roots than how it looks. It takes a while for it to root properly and if there is a lot of hot weather whether you water or not, without proper irrigation the turf will begin to burn as it won't be able to get enough moisture.

    I guess you will have to wait and see what happens, I think it is too early to tell yet though.

    PhearFactor;5407648

    harlzter I think it is more to do with the roots than how it looks. It … harlzter I think it is more to do with the roots than how it looks. It takes a while for it to root properly and if there is a lot of hot weather whether you water or not, without proper irrigation the turf will begin to burn as it won't be able to get enough moisture. I guess you will have to wait and see what happens, I think it is too early to tell yet though.


    The roots are taking well as Ive laid some excess in other areas that are going to be flower beds so I can gently lift and check:thumbsup:

    Plus sprinklers running twice a day keep it in moisture

    sweetexception;5407597

    Ooohh Harlzter... your garden looks fab!! I'm in Glasgow area... please … Ooohh Harlzter... your garden looks fab!! I'm in Glasgow area... please tell me your turf supplier is around here too????



    Sorry they only cover South Yorks and North Derbyshire.

    Original Poster

    when I first bought my house there was no grass in the back garden, so my parents had dug up some of their grass anyway as they were laying decking, so we used their old grass in my garden and it survived 3 & 1/2 years and we never really took care when laying it and it still survived fine... so i'm quietly confident that the turf we lay this year will be even better. We're only digging up the old stuff now as we've put in decking now too so think its time to make the grass area look even better.

    harlzter;5407674

    The roots are taking well as Ive laid some excess in other areas that are … The roots are taking well as Ive laid some excess in other areas that are going to be flower beds so I can gently lift and check:thumbsup:Plus sprinklers running twice a day keep it in moisture



    Ah excellent, should be fine as long as its getting a regular sprinkling hehe.

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    harlzter;5407684

    Sorry they only cover South Yorks and North Derbyshire.



    rep added for your help anyways

    We have really poor drainage in our garden and had to have our lawn re laid.
    We bought decent turf from rolawn and had to use silver sand rather than soil, so far so good after 18 months.

    Would also say when it comes to the first mow, not to cut the grass too short, especially if its dry.

    smithyp1;5407867

    We have really poor drainage in our garden and had to have our lawn re … We have really poor drainage in our garden and had to have our lawn re laid.We bought decent turf from rolawn and had to use silver sand rather than soil, so far so good after 18 months.Would also say when it comes to the first mow, not to cut the grass too short, especially if its dry.



    Perhaps undersoil heating would help :whistling:

    greg_68;5407901

    Perhaps undersoil heating would help :whistling:



    The turf in my back garden will still be a better playing surface than that at st andrews next season ;-)

    I love artificial grass. Never needs mowing, always looks good, wonderful wonderful stuff. Got mine off e-bay and would never have real grass again.
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