Step-by-Step DIY guide for laying a new lawn

Step-by-Step DIY guide for laying a new lawn

Installing a new lawn yourself is easy – here are 7 simple steps to follow to create a thriving new lawn.

1. Measure and Order

Grab a measuring tape and measure the area where you want the new lawn.

Always remember to add 10% more to the final figure so you have extra for cutting and shaping. Learn how to measure the new lawn area here Measuring new lawn area.

2. Site Preparation

First, remove all existing weeds with a recommended weed killer. Wait 7 days after you have sprayed to see if more weeds germinate. If they do, spray again then wait a further 14 days.

Clear all debris from the site including rocks, dead lawn and weeds.

To prevent drainage issues, ensure your soil gradient is completely flat.

3. Soil Preparation

If your soil is clay-based apply gypsum before rotary hoeing the site. For sandy-based soils apply compost or organic matter.

Rotary hoe you soil site with good lawn underlay that consists of 70% sand to 30% soil to a minimum of between 50mm to 100mm deep.

How much soil do I get? Use this formula – Area x Depth x 1.6. Make sure you have worked out the area of lawn you need then multiply that figure by the depth of the soil and multiply by 1.6.

For example – 52m2 (Lawn Area) x 0.1 (100mm soil depth) x 1.6 = 8.32 tonnes of soil.

4. Watering System

Now is the time to consider installing a watering system before you rake your soil.

There are two types of watering systems you could select – a traditional sprinkler-based system or a drip watering-system.

A automatic watering system will give you a greener, thicker lawn and save time and water.

5. Rake and level your soil

Prepare your soil for the new lawn by raking it to a smooth level finish.

It is recommended you also apply some fertiliser, such as a good premium water-saving fertiliser with nutrient accelerator to enhance new growth.

Once you have your site properly prepared, give it a light watering to settle the soil.

 

6. Installing your new lawn

Start installing your new lawn as soon as it is delivered to ensure it remains healthy.

Make sure you place the new lawn in the shade if it is a hot day.

First begin installing by following the longest straight line – such as a fence or paved area. You can also run a thin rope along the area to act as a guide.

Roll the lawn ensuring all joins are tightly bound together with no overlapping.

You can knock the rolls together with the back of a rack or shovel.

To trim corners, use a shovel or a large sharp knife.

If laying your new lawn on a slope – lay it across the slope.

Once the lawn is completely installed roll the entire area to improve the soil to lawn contact.

7. Watering

Watering is an extremely important part of installing a new lawn.Water within 30 minutes of laying your new lawn.

For the first two weeks avoid heavy use of the lawn and water regularly. Learn more here about how to water your new lawn here Watering new lawn

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