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As the winter months start coming to an end and you can begin to see the first signs of spring just around the corner, it’s a good time to think about rejuvenating your lawn. February is an ideal time to prepare your lawn for laying new turf, so you can ensure a lush and green outdoor space for the upcoming spring and summer months. With a bit of planning and the right tools, it’s a pretty straightforward job to take on. The main thing to worry about for now is making sure the ground is properly prepared by the time you’re ready to lay your new lawn.

Why you need to prepare new lawn areas

Proper ground preparation is crucial for laying new grass. It has some significant benefits for the overall health of the turf and longevity of the lawn. It makes it possible for the grass roots to penetrate deeply and establish themselves effectively, which results in a strong and durable lawn surface. Additionally, proper preparation aids in water drainage and air circulation, both of which also contribute to a flourishing and vibrant green space. Lastly, well-prepared ground supports optimal nutrient absorption, allowing the grass to grow thicker and healthier, ultimately enhancing the whole look of your lawn and garden.

Weed the area

To ensure the successful growth and establishment of new grass, it is essential to remove weeds from the area prior to laying the turf or planting grass seeds. Weeds compete with the desired grass for essential nutrients, water, and sunlight, which can ultimately hinder the growth and appearance of the lawn. To effectively remove these pesky plants, you have the option of either manual and chemical methods, such as hand pulling, hoeing or applying a selective herbicide designed specifically for the types of weeds you’re removing. By thoroughly eliminating weeds beforehand, you set the foundation for a healthy, lush lawn that will thrive in its new environment.

Digging and levelling

The next part of your prep involves digging out the soil. Break down larger lumps of soil and use a fork to roughly level the area. If your soil consists of heavy clay, add a centimetre or two of coarse sand. Then once you’ve dug out the soil, you’ll need to level it out. Shuffle back and forth across the soil, using your heels to firm up the surface. Use a rake to break it down to a finer tilth and make sure that it’s nice and level. This will give you a firm, stable base for your new lawn.

When to lay your new lawn

When considering the best time to lay new grass, several factors come into play such as climate, grass type, and soil conditions. Generally, early spring and early autumn are considered the ideal times to lay new grass- the moderate temperatures and consistent rainfall provide optimal conditions for growth. The main thing to avoid is the soil being too wet or too frosty. During the spring and autumn, you can just leave newly laid turf to get rooted in. It doesn’t need as much mowing, so it can go undisturbed for several weeks. If you do decide to do it in the spring, consider the fact that it will need extra watering during dry spells over summer.

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