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Frequently asked questions

  1. Q: How do I prepare my garden for new turf?

    • A: Start by clearing debris, till the soil, and add fertilizer for optimal turf establishment.

  2. Q: When is the best time to lay turf?

    • A: Spring and fall are ideal, providing moderate temperatures for turf growth.

  3. Q: Can I lay turf in shaded areas?

    • A: Yes, choose shade-tolerant turf varieties for areas with limited sunlight.

  4. Q: How often should I water newly laid turf?

    • A: Water daily for the first two weeks, then gradually reduce to promote deep root growth.

  5. Q: What's the recommended mowing height for turf?

    • A: Maintain a height of 2.5 to 3 inches to support a healthy lawn.

  6. Q: How can I fix uneven turf settling?

    • A: Topdress with soil to fill low spots and reseed if necessary.

  7. Q: What's the importance of soil pH in turf health?

    • A: Optimal pH (around 6.0-7.0) ensures nutrient availability for turf growth.

  8. Q: Can I lay turf over existing grass?

    • A: It's not recommended; proper soil preparation is crucial for turf success.

  9. Q: How do I prevent turf diseases?

    • A: Ensure proper watering, mowing, and aeration to minimize disease risks.

  10. Q: Is it necessary to use a turf roller after installation?

    • A: Rolling helps eliminate air pockets and ensures good turf-to-soil contact.

  11. Q: Can I walk on newly laid turf?

    • A: Minimize foot traffic for the first few weeks to allow roots to establish.

  12. Q: What's the role of aeration in turf maintenance?

    • A: Aeration promotes soil health, allowing nutrients and water to reach turf roots.

  13. Q: How do I identify and control turf weeds?

    • A: Regular inspection and targeted herbicides can help manage unwanted weeds.

  14. Q: Should I fertilize my turf in winter?

    • A: No, turf is generally dormant in winter, so fertilize in active growing seasons.

  15. Q: How can I address brown patches in my lawn?

    • A: Identify the cause (e.g., pests, diseases) and apply appropriate remedies.

  16. Q: What's the best turf variety for high-traffic areas?

    • A: Choose durable varieties like Bermuda or Zoysia for areas with frequent use.

  17. Q: Can I use artificial turf instead of natural turf?

    • A: Yes, but consider factors like maintenance, aesthetics, and environmental impact.

  18. Q: How long does it take for turf to establish fully?

    • A: Typically, turf establishes within 2-4 weeks under optimal conditions.

  19. Q: What's the importance of good drainage for turf?

    • A: Proper drainage prevents waterlogging, promoting turf health and root development.

  20. Q: How can I improve the color of my turf?

    • A: Ensure proper fertilization with nutrients like nitrogen for vibrant green turf.

  21. Q: Can I lay turf on a slope?

    • A: Yes, but use erosion control measures and consider turf varieties suitable for slopes.

  22. Q: How do I prevent thatch buildup in my lawn?

    • A: Regular aeration and avoiding excessive nitrogen fertilization can help prevent thatch.

  23. Q: Should I use sod or seed for my lawn?

    • A: Sod provides instant coverage, while seed allows for more turf variety choices.

  24. Q: Can I mow wet turf?

    • A: It's best to avoid mowing wet turf to prevent compaction and uneven cutting.

  25. Q: How do I protect my turf from pet damage?

    • A: Train pets to use designated areas, and promptly clean and repair any damage.

  26. Q: What's the best way to store turf rolls before installation?

    • A: Keep turf rolls in a cool, shaded area and install within 24-48 hours of delivery.

  27. Q: Can I lay turf in extreme heat conditions?

    • A: It's challenging, but if necessary, provide extra care, watering, and shade during installation.

  28. Q: How often should I sharpen my mower blades?

    • A: Sharpen blades at least once a season to ensure a clean cut and turf health.

  29. Q: Should I remove grass clippings after mowing?

    • A: Leaving clippings on the lawn can provide nutrients; remove only if excessive.

  30. Q: What's the role of a soil test in turf management?

    • A: Soil tests help determine nutrient deficiencies, guiding fertilization for optimal turf health.

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ashtead new lawn
fence and new lawn
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turf being delivered
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