Preparing the soil
One vital factor in preparing your garden for a lawn is the preparation of the soil layer. We have talked about preparing the area you will be laying turf in. (Click here to read our article on preparation.) and here we focus on the soil layer.
The best way to prepare your soil for new turf
Successful establishment of all lawn types relies on proper preparation. Preparation for a lawn usually begins after construction activities have finished, or before topsoil has been laid.
Without preparing properly, your lawn can suffer from poor drainage, compaction, pH or fertility problems that could have been simply prevented.
By following this list of tips for preparing soil, you should have a happy and healthy new lawn.
Kill off any existing vegetation using glyphosate or a similar non-selective herbicide. You may need 2 applications to ensure all existing vegetation is completely eradicated.
Hoe in and turn over the existing base and remove any excess vegetation that has been sprayed out.
Building the top layer
Upon completion of a new build it is recommended to strip the top layer of your soil by around 150mm (six inches) and this will ensure the removal of any debris, clay or poor growing medium.
Depending on your existing base, add in any soil required to make sure you have the appropriate base for turf. A sand-soil base is always preferred. If you have a clay base you will need to de-compact this and add sand soil. If your base is already sandy, look at mixing in some organics to boost nutrients.
Conduct a pH test on your soil using a pH testing kit. You want to have a pH between 5.5 and 7. If it is either side of this, your pH can be adjusted with some treatment and before your turf is installed is the best time to act. Check out our article for rectifying pH levels here.
Finally, it’s time to get your levels correct. When looking to lay turf flush with an edge, keep your soil about 30-40mm below this height to allow for the thickness of the turf. Smooth out the rest of your soil, remembering to factor in drainage as you do so, the grade of your lawn area should slope enough to allow surface water to drain away quickly.
For information on caring for your lawn visit our Lawn Care Page.
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- Karen, Mt Pleasant
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- Tim McGoldrick, South Nowra
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- Victoria & Gary, Illawarra
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- Jeff, Kangaroo Valley
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- Gary, Berry
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- Belinda, Greenhills Beach
Thank you Marcus & Joe for such excellent customer service. Marcus gave us good advice on what turf to use and had no problems coming to offer his advice a second time to help us keep to our budget. Joe and his team were polite, friendly and efficient and did a terrific job on our very large backyard. It looks amazing. We've mowed it twice now and it looks like it has been there forever.
On behalf of our club I wish to pass onto yourself and Turfco are sincere thanks for your generosity with the recent supply of turf to Ray Robinson oval. This has assisted our club immensely with the upkeep and preseason preparation to our ground. Again we say thanks. We appreciate your support.
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