Advice from the Turfonline team on repairing your lawn after prolonged bad weather.

Following the ravages of this wet and windy winter it won’t be long before some of the more enthusiastic of us start to think about tackling the quagmire which was once a garden.

Too many impermeable surfaces are said to increase the risk of flooding. We all need roads and pavements but perhaps we should think harder about balancing them up with soft landscaping that allows free drainage

Turf is the easiest and most effective way to provide instant results. Whether you need to replace the whole lawn, repair worn out areas or replace areas that have succumbed to heavy shade and leaf drop, turf gives instant gratification.

Use turf for repairing smaller areas where patches of lawn have died off. Or, if the majority of your lawn is damaged, diseased or just plain old worn out, it is probably easiest to remove the whole thing and replace it with new turf.

Diagnose the problem first

Before spending good money on turf, be sure that the problem won’t repeat itself.

Did your lawn die from lack of light? Replace it with shade tolerant turf.

Have the grass plants drowned because water can’t escape? Talk to a landscaper about improving the drainage.

Is the soil too compacted for plants to thrive? Preparing the soil for new soil will improve soil texture.

Is your soil so free-draining that plants die of thirst? Read our blog on improving soil health

To lay new lawn:

  • Strip off old turf, rotavate or dig over soil, break up and rake even. (Turf strippers and rotavators are available from tool hire shops).
  • Apply a pre-turf fertiliser.
  • Lay the first row of turf.
  • Place turf laying planks on row just laid and start laying second row, stagger joints like brickwork.
  • Work your way across until complete.
  • Trim excess and water well until rooted.

Watch our turf installation video

Using turf to repair dead patches in a lawn:

  • Remove the dead patch and square up the affected area. Then break up the soil surface with a hand fork.
  • Loosen the soil under the new turf with a hand fork. Place turf in position.
  • Firm down the new turf and fill in cracks with sifted soil.
  • Water daily until rooted.

Repairing a lawn with new turf is simple, quick and effective. I hope that this blog has helped to give you the confidence to do just that.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact Turfonline for advice. We’re here to help.

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