If you are a fan of beautiful landscapes, you must know the heartache of seeing your beautiful lawn having a rough patch here and there. But the good news is, you can easily and efficiently fix that bare or damaged patch using turf. Because turf is a mature plant, it establishes very quickly compared to seed, hydroseed or lawn patching mixes, saving you lots of time. Here in this blog we have discussed how you can put your worry to bed and DIY your lawn repair job.
Tools you will need
You need shovels and rakes to prepare the soil, sharp knife to cut the Turf. You will need hoses and sprinklers present if you don’t have an in-ground system.
Preparing the Site
While patching the area, you can either trim the turf to fit the spot or enlarge the spot to fit the rolls of turf, which also makes straight lines.
- To get rid of the old weeds and old grasses, rake or shovel up the biggest chunks of old turf first.
- Then we need to loosen up the soil at least three inches deep so it allows the new roots to grow into the soil. A shovel or rototiller will easily do the job.
- Rake, level and lightly firm the tilled area. Taking out all the old clumps of grass isn’t necessary though. New turf will root through clumps as long as they are not bigger than a golf ball.
- If you have some fertilizer on hand, you can put some on the soil before you turf as long as it does not have a weed killer in it.
Laying the Turf
- Unroll the turf next to a straight side. For the next row, place a roll a couple of inches away from the previous roll. Unroll it and slide it up against the first roll. Do not overlap or leave gaps. Stagger the ends to avoid long seams. You can cut the turf with a variety of tools. People typically use a square point shovel, pocketknife, utility knife or an old steak knife.
- Begin watering when you can do so without making a muddy mess. Water the spot long enough to apply ½” of water. After a few hours, check the bottom of the turf to see if it is moist. If it is dry, then water some more. If you walk on it and make deep footprints, the turf is wet enough for right now.
- Follow the “early and long-term turf care sheet” supplied with your purchase to tell you how to care for your turf further.
Two things to consider:
The Soil Below
Take the quality of soil into consideration. It might be the poor soil that caused the turf to go bad in the first place. If the soil in the bad spot is exceptionally rocky or generally poor for some other reason, remove and replace three to four inches with a better soil.
The time turf stays rolled up
Turf is a living thing, and the shorter the time it stays rolled up, the better. It can last 3 or 4 days in the spring rolled up, but needs to be unrolled the same day you get it in summer.