To make your lawn look amazing we recommend following the steps below.
After completing the steps below you should then order your turf . We also advise you to invest in a sprinkler when there is no rain forecast. Please also scroll down to follow the aftercare advice. For further information please call 01590 626523
Skim off old grass using a spade, remove weeds and debris from site. Remove large stones.
Once your area is free from the old grass, rotovate the area to churn up the soil. Remove any debris, weeds and stones that come up to the surface.
Rake and level the ground again removing any debris, stones and weeds that have been missed from previous steps. The soil should be loose and soft.
Compact the ground once you have your level. You can use a whacker plate, or walk over it with your heels 3 or 4 times.
Layer with topsoil, or a sandy loam and then a final rake and level before you lay your lawn. Use boards over the surface of your sandy loam/topsoil to prevent you from stepping into the ground or onto the turf.
Carry your turf to the area you need with either a wheel barrow, or by hand. Walking on the boards as you go. Make sure you unroll the turf on the ground where it is to be laid. This prevents breakages. You can also rake between layers if you need to. Layer like bricks on a wall . Water the laid turf as you go in hot weather.
We take pride in our products and always check for quality before, during and after harvesting. We aim to deliver on top quality products every time.
We reserve the right to postpone orders during temperatures above 27 degrees.
Turf deliveries that are taken by a client should be checked on delivery and then are the responsibility of the clients.
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Thank you for choosing New Forest Turf Supplies to supply the turf for your garden. We hope that you are happy with the service you received and would like to give you a few tips on how to care for your new lawn.
1. Please do not walk on the grass for at least 3 weeks. The root system needs time to bed into the soil and walking on your lawn will damage them.
2. Do not mow the grass for at least 3 weeks. As above the roots need a chance to establish.
3. Do not let your turf dry out. If there is no rain we recommend watering your lawn twice a day for two weeks, then 2 or 3 times a week for a few weeks, ensuring the soil underneath stays moist. You are watering the soil and roots not just the grass. We recommend purchasing a sprinkler and watering for at least 1 hour morning and evening. In extreme dryness this will need to be done in the cooler parts of the day.
4. Your lawn should be fertilised a couple of times a year to keep it looking luscious green and healthy. Please call the office if you would like details of our aftercare package or details on the organic products we use.
5. Once your lawn is established, you may need to keep an eye out for intrusive pests such as leather jackets. Crane fly love freshly laid lawn. Please see the below for further information.
We have been advised that Leather Jacket numbers are exceptionally high this year due to the mild winter in 2019 and 2020. If you are having issues with your lawn please get in touch as we have devised a plan to remove them from your lawn. Our turf laying team can recognise the damage and will bring them to your attention before we lay any new lawn.
We have a leaflet we can also send you and a method to keep these pests at bay.
The life cycle of the pests are also shown in the picture below.
A leatherjacket is the common name for the larval stage of an insect called a crane fly.
They are in the Tipulidae family of insects.
In the UK, two species of this family are pests to lawns.
The adult form of these insects are commonly known as daddy-long-legs. These are the large, clumsy insects which fly around our gardens in late summer and early autumn. They are often seen bumbling along the ground, getting trapped in windows and flying into our faces when we least expect it!
Finding out if you have a leatherjacket infection in your lawn is quite simple. You only need a small pocket knife and good knees. Firstly, have a general look at the lawn and see if you see any patches of obviously dead or dying grass which seem rather out of place or randomly distributed. Down on the ground, have a closer look at these areas. First thing to do is to grab a handful of grass and try to pull it up. Healthy grass will not budge, being held in place by the roots. Grass subjected to a heavy grub attack will come away easily, almost like a carpet.
In large numbers, leatherjackets can be a very destructive lawn pest. They can destroy a lawn completely. Such a severe attack is unusual, but even lighter damage can dramatically affect the look of your lawn which may require expensive repairs. The best way to deal with any possible infection is to make sure that it doesn’t get out of hand. Just one or two leatherjackets in a lawn will barely be noticed. When the they appear in large numbers you should be concerned. Measures to keep population numbers down should be taken as soon as they are detected in a lawn.
A lawn destroyed by leatherjackets over winter.
A mild, damp winter will bring leatherjackets closer to the surface and they will be able to keep feeding. As a result, damage to lawns in spring is always a lot worse after a mild winter. If your soil does not freeze in winter, be on the lookout for grub damage.
Please get in touch as soon as you see the crane fly or larvae in your grass. Due to the mild winter last year and this year there will be exceptional numbers this year and learning how to manage the pest, get it within fresh-hold damage and help protect your lawn will be really important.
The chemicals used to treat crane fly are now banned, and is the main reason these bugs become infestations.
Treating your lawn with iron rich fertilisers and protein rich sprays will help to keep your lawn healthy, and help to keep the damage low. The best way to tackle this problem is out compete the larvae and keep your grass healthy!