So you have decided you want to create a lawn; whether you are working with existing lawn or starting a fresh with new turf and topsoil then here is my guide to help you create your perfect lawn.
- Make a plan. The word "plan" should not be underestimated here, draw your plan of what you want to achieve and stick to it!
- Appearance is everything. Plan what you want the final thing to look like taking into account how you will be using that space; e.g if you have children, pets or even no use at all. If you are creating a front lawn and want to impress the neighbours then you need a fine bladed, Ornamental Turf
- Soft & sweepy. Plan an open, soft sweeping lawn even in small areas.
- A small space? If the area is small, try not to confuse the area with too much detail, keep it simple to create a large feeling space.
- Make it interesting. Try curving the edges of the lawn, making it more interesting and luring. Use string and pegs to mark out your curves.
- Gentle slopes. If you can, adding some gentle slopes into the lawn by using Topsoil, running away from the your house which will not only allow any surface water to run away from the building but also give a depth to the garden.
- Trees and Plants. What trees and plants do you have in this space currently, how will you work them in and around your plan? What would you like to put there? These factors need to be thought of.
- Sunshine, you are my sunshine. Take into consideration the aspect of your garden and the way the sun tracks across the sky throughout the day. Does your garden get sun light in the morning, afternoon, evening, all day or non? If you have a shady area then you might want to purchase a Drought or Shade Resistant Turf.
- Soil Type. If you are replacing the existing turf you will need to take off a depth of 2 inches. If your soil is clay or sandy, then you may want to add a sharp sand or well rotted manure to improve it's quality and drainage. The topsoil needs to be workable and to a depth of around 4-5 inches.
So why turf?
Turf is the simplest and easiest way. Prepare your ground, lay your turf and in just a few weeks your lawn will look as if it has been there for years. See our blog "How to Plan a Lawn" for help or see our Turf Calculator to measure how much turf you require.