1. The turf laying boards ensure an even distribution of your weight which:-
a. Avoids indentations made by walking on the newly laid turf, and
b. Helps to compress weight for good soil to turf contact.
2. They also act as a straight edge for your next row!
Using laying boards
Professional landscapers use turf laying boards for the reasons stated above. And, when you’ve spend hours raking and levelling your soil, you really don’t want to undo all that hard work by putting your big size 12’s in the soil or leaving tracks by heaving your heavy wheelbarrow across the garden!
What you’ll need
You’ll need at least a couple of boards, approx. 4 foot long each. This will enable you to move one board along while you are standing on the other. Plus, a 4 foot board means it’s not too heavy to pick up and reposition.
Let’s get started
- Lay your first row of turf.
- Place your laying board on top of the turf to use as a platform to work from. Stand on the laying board to ensure you don’t do any damage to the newly laid turf.
- As you move along, move the first board and place it onto the turf and move along without standing on the fresh turf.
- Stagger the joints (brick pattern) of the turf from row to row to avoid any unsightly joins.
- Push the turf as close together as possible.
- It’s useful to sprinkle fine top soil into any gaps between rolls of turf and brush over with a soft broom for even coverage and to avoid the edges drying out. In warm weather some shrinkage is normal, so these steps will help to make the newly laid lawn look as good as possible.
- Curved and slanted lines will require the turf to be cut to fit. An old kitchen knife will do the job just fine!
- At the end of a row of turf where a piece is cut to fit, it is best to avoid finishing with a very small piece. If necessary, cut the previous piece and use a longer strip to finish. Again this reduces the problems of shrinkage.
- Any exposed edges of new turf can be butted up with more top soil along the cut edge to stop it drying out and help the turf to root down and establish.
- Water the newly-laid lawn well. Continue to do so regularly until its established.
- In warmer weather this this could mean watering it once or twice a day. Take a look at our summer guide for more details.
- Avoid walking on your new lawn for a couple of weeks so the turf can bed in and knit together.
- And only mow once the turf has rooted. Find out more here
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