I want to put down turf but my dug-over lawn looks like the sahara

(4 Posts)
johnnybuoy Thu 05-May-16 14:09:35

I live in London and have dug up and turned overmy small lawn and planned to put down turf last month but didn't get time.

I am planning to put down turf this weekend (23 degrees!) but with the dry weather my clay ish soil has gone rock hard on the top.

Do I water it or turn it over again or just give up until the weather cools down?

Any advice appreciated.

shovetheholly Thu 05-May-16 15:08:27

Rake it! Or, if it's really hard, fork it gently and then rake. The rain we've had (which now, blissfully, feels like a distant memory) will mean there's probably a layer of pretty damp, darker earth just below the surface. Plus, it needs to be well-raked anyway for the turf. Lots of people put down a top layer of sandy topsoil before laying turf, so that's another option. But I think I'd want to break it up to make sure roots could get into it, IYSWIM.

You will need to water it a lot in this weather! I might be tempted to leave it til Sunday, after which rain is predicted for a few days, significantly reducing your water bill!

PolterGoose Thu 05-May-16 15:15:29

Ideally you need to dig in a load of horticultural grit and organic matter/compost.

Ferguson Thu 05-May-16 21:01:32

Wolf Garten tools, that have various 'heads' to fit onto different length handles, are very effective at breaking up and conditioning 'difficult' soil. They may be more expensive than 'normal' tools, but can be the best solution in some situations.

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