Is your garden dogged with bald patches? Heavy footfall, children playing football, or even man’s best friend can cause considerable damage to a lawn. Thankfully, repairing a lawn using new turf is quick and easy, and produces instant results. Find out how to get your lawn back in shape with tips from Paynes Turf.
The best time to repair damages sections is in the spring or autumn when the weather is cooler and more susceptible to rain, however it can be carried out during the summer too. You will need a garden spade, garden fork, half-moon edging tool, garden rake, a brush, and a watering can or hose pipe.
Step 1. Place the new turf over the damaged section and cut around the edge of the turf using the half-moon edging tool. This will ensure that the new turf will fit snugly into the prepared area. Roll up the new turf and place it aside.
Step 2. Use the spade to lift the damaged area section by section – push the spade into the soil then cut horizontally under the turf. Try not to remove too much of the loose soil – the aim is to remove the matted part only. Place the damaged turf on the compost heap.
Step 3. Fork over the soil, then mix in topsoil to help the turf establish quickly, along with sharp sand to assist with drainage. Make sure the area is even, flat, and firmed down, ready for the turf to be laid.
Step 4. Lay the turf into the prepared area, and lightly firm down with the flat end of a rake or a board. Use a brush to fill the edges of the new turf with the topsoil and sand mixture – this will prevent the edges from drying out.
Step 5. Water the newly turfed area well, ensuring that the water seeps right through to the soil below, and water every day for at least 2 weeks until the new turf has established.