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Old 09.05.2016, 16:33
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Re: New lawn - sow or turf?

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That's really good to know. How big is your lawn? The turf will probably sit in the underground garage after delivery (this is also the only access to our garden), so it will be in the cool and shade prior to laying. The builders will leave the garden levelled and compacted (if I recall the contract correctly), so I intend to remove any stones, roll, then rake in some fertiliser before laying the turf. The turfed area may actually be less than 220m2; that's a rough estimate based on the garden dimensions, but I have to subtract the terrace area (20m2) and whatever MrsG wants to use for planting. So it could be closer to 150m2.
Hey, I did this job a few years ago with my garden in Belgium, I can't recall having to fertilize it though. Also, I would be careful as some type of fertilizers might actually cause "fertilizer burn" and/or damage the roots.

My advise would be just to rake the soil and roll out the grass, then excessively apply water few times a day until the roots have firmly attached to the soil (this should take 3-4 days only). You can easily check this by trying to lift the turf from the soil.

Have fun (I really enjoyed doing it!)
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