Hello all, hope I can gain the benefit of your collective wisdom.
I am soon to move into a new house which has a swimming pool! However, the entire area around is paved which I understand has been down for the past 10 years. These are my questions:
1. I intend to remove most of the paving and its hardcore and to replace with turf. Do I need to let the bare soil lie fallow for a while as its not been exposed to the air for so long? If so, how long?
2. Do I need to treat the soil in any way to give it a good start for the turf?
3. What type of turf would be suitable? I need something that is hardwearing to withstand the pounding of children's feet, something that is slow growing as cutting it frequently will put trimmings into the pool and make a regular mess, something that is thick and lush for appearance, something that will be hardy enough to withstand the chlorine based chemicals used in pools. I've heard Fescue Replacement Turf by Lindum Turfgrass may be suitable.
Look forward to your advice!