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home and garden landscaping

How do you level ground before turfing?

Last Updated: 23rd February, 2020

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How to prepare your soil for turfing
  1. Clear away any plants, weeds and debris.
  2. Dig or rotovate soil to at least 15cm deep.
  3. Improve soil texture or quality if necessary.
  4. Level the area.
  5. Firm the soil.
  6. Add pre-turfing fertiliser.
  7. Rake and level again.
  8. Lay your turf.

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Correspondingly, does ground have to be level for artificial grass?

To have nice clean, smooth foundations on whichtolay your artificial grass I remove theturf,soil, vegetation and any large rocks or stonesuntil I reachthe natural sub base. This will generally requirebetween 3-4inches of excavation depending on thelocation.

Similarly, can you lay artificial grass directly on soil? Unfortunately laying artificial grass directlyontop of soil or existing grass just willnotwork.

Regarding this, do I need to compact soil before laying turf?

If your ground is extremely compact oryoursoil has a clay base, you may require a bobcat torelievecompaction, then apply gypsum to the under soilbefore theturf goes down so the roots can growthrough thislayer. Use a roller to firm the soil, butdon'tcompact it.

What sand do you put under artificial grass?

Laying on soil or sand base For best results, you should lay yourturfon a 35mm layer of compacted sharp sand. Tomaintain levelsit may be necessary to remove an equivalent amountof the topsoil.It is unwise to leave vegetable materialunder your newgrass as this will rot downunevenly.

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Roman Nicoletti

Professional

What's the best thing to put under artificial grass?

It's weathered until it fractures into small piecesofweak rock as well as a mix of gravel, sand, and silt-sizeparticlesof clay. The CMB is the most common choice forlandscapinguses. It's easily compacted and less expensive. DGcreates asmoother finish than the CMB but is moreexpensive.

Adnan Fielding

Professional

Do you need a sub base for artificial grass?

For soil a suitable, stable sub baseisrecommended – you should always installyourartificial grass on an aggregate and sharpsandbase.

Core Knoops

Explainer

Is Grano dust permeable?

Our base materials are 100% permeable. We donotuse Type 1 stone, Crushed stone, Grano dust or Sharp sandasthese materials are not fully permeable!

Celio Traore

Explainer

Why do you put silica sand on artificial grass?

The extra weight means that the grass staysinplace and doesn't need to be fixed in any other way.Thesand provides stability and protects the turf. As aresult,no wrinkles or folds develop through use. The sandalsosurrounds the long blades of artificial grass andensuresthat they remain erect.

Zigor Kozumplikova

Explainer

Can you use sharp sand under artificial grass?

Originally, when artificial grass was installedina residential environment, sharp sand was used as alayingcourse. Unfortunately, some installers are still usingsharpsand today, and there are even some manufacturers whostillrecommend it.

Shiela Gustran

Pundit

How much sharp sand do I need for artificial grass?

We recommend laying sharp sand to the thicknessof10/15mm . The sand is only there to blind the top ofyoursub-base, so it should be firm.

Kaiet Brunnlechner

Pundit

Should I water soil before laying turf?

You must prepare your soil. Poor soilandpoor soil preparation will cause the turf todeclineand may even result in the death of the turf. Mixingin apre-turfing fertiliser and watering your soilpriorto laying the turf will ensuresuccessfulestablishment.

Chrystelle Eller

Pundit

Do you put sand down before laying turf?

Yes it does apply, you need to mixthesand with soil before you lay turf. Ifyouthink about it, the roots from the grass in your newlylaidturf need to get to water and nutrients.

Rael Hutwalker

Pundit

Do you compact topsoil?

Quality topsoil & drainage
Next you need to ensure that youhavequality topsoil to a compacted depth of 4”.Werecommend using topsoil which has up to 75% sandcontent byvolume. The sub soil below the topsoilshould not beexcessively compact as this can createdrainageissues.

Wenlong Alpert

Pundit

How long can you leave top soil before laying turf?

Ideally, you should let your soilsettlefor 7-10 days before laying turf.

Jassim Winstanley

Teacher

How long before you can walk on turf?

Despite having to wait 2 weeks, in order toproperlywater your sod you will need to walk uponyour lawn.This is definitely a must, you simply need towalk onit lightly and as minimally as possible. Youalso need tomow your lawn 6-7 days after installation.

Terenciano Laakel

Teacher

Can you lay turf yourself?

Turf is laid in rolls making itarelatively straightforward garden project - simply unroll it(it'srolled up for easy handling), lay it and wait for it totakeroot. You can lay turf at almost any time of the year,aslong as the soil isn't waterlogged or frozen.

Renee Bononad

Teacher

Do you need topsoil when laying turf?

Topsoil for Laying Turf. If youarelooking to lay a new lawn, you need tocheckthat your existing soil is up to the task! Not everyonewillneed to add four inches however, you mayjustneed to add an inch or two depending on the qualityanddepth of the existing soil.

Maribel Salajan

Teacher

What is the difference between topsoil and garden soil?

Garden soil is compost enriched and is ahigherquality soil. Garden soil is topsoilenrichedwith compost and organic matter to make it better suited toactualplant growth. High quality screened topsoil is blendedwith100% organic compost, producing a soil that is perfectforsod, seed, gardens, and raised beds.

Orlin Houssin

Reviewer

Does grass grow in 2 inches of soil?

If you only put a thin layer of soil down, theoldweeds and grass will through your soil.Thiscan be a problem if you are growing grass fromseedover a previous weedy lawn, the old weeds willgrowthrough as well. (Grass and weeds will growthroughsoil 2 or 3 inches thick quiteeasily.)

Kanza Fojo

Reviewer

What is the best time of year to lay turf?

Turf is best laid in mid-autumn, but canbelaid any time between mid-autumn and latewinterwhenever the soil is not too wet or frosty. In spring andautumnlittle mowing is needed so newly-laid turf can beleftrelatively undisturbed for several weeks.

Kacper Egorkin

Reviewer

How much does turf cost to lay?

The average price of installed instantturfis around $30 per square metre. Price depends onvarietyselected, preparation needs. However, most projects willcostbetween $27 and $34 per square metre. You can expect topay between$7.00 – $14.00 per metre of turfbeforeinstallation.

Sinivali Regensburg

Reviewer

Can you lay turf on top of existing grass?

The new grass never rooted. Youcan'tsimply lay sod on top of grass without doingproperpreparation. “All sod must make soil contacttoroot,” she points out. “Therefore, theexistinggrass / lawn must be extremely sparse oryou willhave to bring in dirt and put it ontop beforelaying the new sod.

Falk Guenard

Supporter

How thick is turf cut?

Turf is typically around 25mm thick,andshould sit a little bit higher than paths or edges.