We were contacted by one of our regular clients, a local building firm, and asked to undertake some work for their customer Warwick Davis. Warwick had a garden laid to grass, at the front and rear, but the ground was uneven, and the grass patchy. We were asked to remove their old grass, and then re-turf the lawn.
The first stage of the project was to remove the old lawn. We were under tight time constraints, so we opted to cut the turf and remove it from site. This was done with a mechanical turf cutter, and the old grass was removed from site.
Once this was complete, we rotovated the area to turn any remaining patches of grass into the soil and to loosen the top surface so we could begin to even out the ground.
At this stage the finished ground level was established, and the ground was pegged out. As it was a large area, in order to maintain consistency of ground level, numerous string lines were placed over the ground in multiple directions, so we always had a reference point for levelling the ground.
Once the ground was rotovated and pegged out, we arranged for more than 60 tonnes of a sandy loam soil to be delivered over two days, and we used the soil to raise the ground so that it was level with the patio at the rear of the house and the driveway to the side.
The soil had to be brought into a rear garden over a newly laid bonded gravel driveway, that could easily be damaged, or even completely ruined. Because of this, we installed ground guards over the full length of the driveway, offering both protection from the weight of the 40 tonne lorries bringing in the soil and protection from the soil contaminating the top surface and ruining the look of the gravel. The soil was then tipped onto plastic sheeting to again protect the driveway from damage.
Once the ground was brought up to the correct height, the soil was levelled and rolled flat, then agitated and levelled again, until there was a consistent level across the garden. Once the ground was level, then the top surface was loosened to allow easy root penetration once the turf was laid.
Because we’d invested the effort in protecting the driveway, and spent time carefully planning the project we were able to have the turf offloaded with a HIAB directly into the back garden, saving both time and labour. Then came the final push to lay the turf over two days to complete the work.
Work was started in the middle of the lawn in order that two men could simultaneously lay the turf whilst keeping the rolls straight, giving a picture-perfect finish. Boards were used to bed the turf and prevent footprints over the lawn once the turf had begun to be laid.
Watering was ongoing once the first few rows of grass were down. And in temperatures of approaching 30 degrees was a welcome relief from the heat.
In all cases, but especially in the weather we were working in, vigorous watering of the turf is important to prevent drying out, and to help the lawn to establish. This should be carried out for a number of days and weeks after laying.
The following pictures show the progression of laying to a job finally complete, that left the customers absolutely delighted with their new lawn, and who have since gone on to become a regular client.