Turfing

Turfing laying services

There is no better ground cover than turfing for a garden. It is affordable, practical, safe, and environmentally friendly. Read on to learn everything else you need to know.

What is turfing

What it turfing? When you lay turf, you don’t need to worry about cats, birds, or weeds. Results are very quick to follow – you can use a newly turfed lawn within weeks. Our experts have considerable expertise in choosing great grass blends and know where and how to acquire the best possible quality seeds. When we turf, your lawn will look good right from the start.

Turfing your garden is more affordable than you think

Generally, it costs £3 – £8 per square metre to turf your garden depending on your location and the turf quality. The location determines the delivery costs. Click here to calculate your turf cost.

You need plenty of time to prepare soil

When you’re creating a new garden or lawn, make sure there is enough time for the soil to get ready for the turf. Start by clearing away any weeds, plants, and debris. The soil needs to be dug to at least 15 cm.

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What turfing services do we offer?

We improve soil quality or texture, if necessary, and level the area before getting to work. We firm the soil, add fertiliser, rake, level, and lay the turf of your choice. We then clear plants, grass, roots, and leaves from the lawn area. We do this using a mechanical turf cutter, but it’s possible to do it manually using a spade.

Using Weed Killer

If you want to do away with the clearing, either because you don’t have time or wish to save money, you can use a weed killer. Keep in mind that if you do so, you need to wait at least three weeks because killing the roots and leaves takes time. You can take your old lawn to a waste centre or compost it down.

The next step is to dig the soil over and remove stones, bricks, and any other debris. You can do this using a mechanical rotovator or garden fork. Any stone bigger than a matchbox should be removed. Dig down at least 15 cm. If you can’t get that much loose soil due to insufficient topsoil, have some good quality soil delivered.

How to Improve your Soil Easily

If you have clay soil that is sticky and heavy, dig in some gravel to facilitate drainage and incorporate organic matter like manure or compost. This will attract worms, which will aerate the soil. Organic matter will also help with naturally sandy soil that doesn’t retain water well.

Rake the soil to get an even surface. Break down any large lumps. Make sure you get rid of hollows and humps because they catch on the mower blades. Every time you cut your lawn, you’ll be cutting the high areas.

If your lawn looks a bit lumpy, add pre-turfing feed. Have a professional do this or do it yourself by following the instructions on the pack. This feed calms the grass plants after their trip all the way to your garden. They’ll stay healthy and strong and take root fast with the right nutrients.

Rake your lawn one last time to level the surface and incorporate the pre-turf fertiliser. Now, you’re ready to order your new turf.

Is returfing the lawn a viable option?

Laying new turf on top of a lawn sounds like a real time-saver, but we don’t recommend it. It’s like pasting new wallpaper on top of your old one. Your new lawn will never look like your old one. What is more, any disease could affect the new turf. For roots to grow well, new turf needs freshly prepared soil. Pests in the soil can attack your new turf, as can weeds. If you don’t have pernicious weeds destroyed, they will push through the new turf. Finally, you’ll get humps and hollows with returfing. The right soil preparation will give you a beautiful, level lawn that grows easily.

Why choose PI Gardening?

Our company operates in London and the surrounding areas and has lots more tips where these came from. Our turfing prices are competitive. We boast vast expertise in turfing, are available on weekends and bank holidays, and are fully insured. Contact us to get a quote today!