Turf is a quick and easy solution to get your lawn looking like new again with a minimal amount of work.
Turfing over an area that has become damaged or worn will not only fix it, but give you more room for other activities in your yard as well!
When it comes to renovating your lawn, the first thing you need is a healthy batch of fresh turf.
This can be purchased from an established supplier or picked up at local garden centers on-site when available during certain periods throughout the year (though I always recommend checking out any new supplies before buying).
Turf has a very limited shelf life and if not used in time will turn yellow then brown; so make sure that once you’ve got yours home, roll it out for inspection!
How To Patch Up A Lawn With Turf
Here are 5 steps to patch your lawn with turf:
1. Remove Sod
Remove the sod. This is not always necessary, but it is a good idea if you have a large patch to repair. You can also remove the sod and then replace it after you have patched the bare areas with turf.
2. Prepare the Area
Make sure that your soil is well-drained and that there are no tree roots or rocks in your yard before you lay down the grass seed or sod. If there are any tree roots, cut them away from the ground and cover them with dirt so they will not grow back up through your new lawn.
3. Filling in the Spots
Make sure that you have enough soil to fill in all of the bare spots in your yard where you want to install turfgrass seed or sod. If you do not, add some composted soil to make up for what you need.
You should also add some fertilizer to help your lawn grow better and faster once it has been installed by adding 1 pound of nitrogen fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of area (or about 1 cup per 100 square feet).
4. Flatten the Surface
Tamp down the soil where you are going to plant grass seed or lay down sod so that the ground is nice and firm below the surface of your lawn as this will help keep weeds from growing up through it later on when you water your new lawn regularly and keep it mowed regularly as well.
The tamping process will also help ensure that there are no rocks or other foreign objects that might damage a lawnmower blade later on when you start mowing your new grass patch every week or two (depending on how fast it grows).
This will be done during its first year or two until it becomes established enough to take care of itself without much maintenance.
After the first year or two of growth regular mowing will likely only be required every month or two depending on how fast your new lawn grows (or more often if it grows very quickly).
5. Post-Patch Maintenance
Watering your new turf patch regularly will help it grow faster and stronger. The best way to water your new lawn is to use a soaker hose that can be buried in the ground and connected to a timer.
This will ensure that you do not over-water your new lawn and waste your time, energy and money.
It will also ensure that you do not have to worry about watering it at all when you are away from home for days or weeks on end as the timer will turn on the soaker hose for 15 minutes every couple of hours or so during the day while you are gone (and it will shut off automatically at night) which should be enough time for the water to soak into the ground and reach deep down where it is needed most by your new grass patch.
You can also add some fertilizer with nitrogen in it (such as 10-10-10) if you want, but this is not necessary if you are using composted soil because soil already contains plenty of nutrients, including nitrogen, which is one of the three main nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) that grass needs in order for it to grow well.
Keep an Eye for Weeds
You should also keep an eye on your lawn once it has been installed so that you can spot any weeds growing up through the surface of your yard before they get too big and start taking over your lawn.
If any weeds do pop up through the surface of your lawn after a few weeks or months have passed since installing turfgrass seed or laying down sod, simply pull them out by hand before they get too big.