Michael Drayson

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Laying turf in this summer weather

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 09:31

I know it's not ideal to be laying turf in the height of summer, but alas this is the situation I am in!

I am laying turf tomorrow. The ground has been rotivated a week ago, and since then leveled. I put down some B&Q pre-turf fertiliser pellets yesterday and watered most of the garden last night. I will water it again tonight ahead of tomorrow.

The garden is big - 260sq meters, and watering with the sprinkler means moving it 4-5 times! Also, the garden gets sun for the majority of the day (from about 7am through to about 8pm)

My question is, I have heard contrasting information:

  • Water heavily early in the morning (4-5am), while the ground is in shade. Water less heavily in the evening (9-10pm)
  • Some people say to water through the day, others say it does more damage than good / is pointless. This reduces rotting over night?

It's going to be near impossible for me to spend an hour or two watering the garden through the day (as we both work).

Any advice on water newly laid turf in the summer sunny days? How long should I be watering heavily twice a day for?


Advice on my overgrown garden (inc pics!)

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 15:58

How do you think I can tackle these VERY sturdy roots without completely wrecking the fence :P ?



Advice on my overgrown garden (inc pics!)

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 15:28

 I want to have a seating area, a bbq, possibly a hot tub one day, an area for my future children to play football, an area for swings one day, etc,etc,etc. I am however leaving trees etc in place, just removing some bushes / weeds etc. It was a big garden with little usable space - hense the "cull".


Mummy Muddy Paws - thanks for the heads up on the rotiviation. I certainly won't do it until I'm confident the mini digger has gotten most of the roots!

Advice on my overgrown garden (inc pics!)

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 14:42

The images are quite small / low resolution in the above post, please find a high resolution version at the following link (click the image once it loads):





I am hoping this will allow you experts to better see the state of the ground - the remaining weeds / roots / plants I am hoping to remove with the mini digger...

Advice on my overgrown garden (inc pics!)

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 14:40

Hello everyone,

I recently bought a house with a 30x90ft garden, which was massively overgrown:



I have since spent quite a bit of time pulling out all of the old bushes and trees, burning as I go. As you can see, I've certainly made progress:






However, I am now moving towards being in a position whereby:

[*]There are lots of roots in the ground from the large bushes / small trees
[*]I have attempted to remove the bramble roots, but not done a great job - lots left in there / hidden
[*]I want to remove all of this, and then lay grass!

My plan is to hire a mini excavator (it's about 800cm wide - will fit through the door in my garange!) and pull up the remaining large roots (e.g. against the fence on the left, and over on the right).

I plan to use the excavator/digger to pull up the small amount of grass that exists, and also level the ground a bit more.

I then plan to get a heavy duty (13 horse power) rotorator, and use it across the whole area. I hope that this will pull up any roots / weeds / stones which are under the surface, so that they can be easily picked up and removed.

The rotorator should also leave the ground in a good condition to lay grass seed... I hope.

I wanted to check with you guys regarding this - have I missed anything or am I going about anything the wrong way? I am aware a rotivator is going to blitz certain roots (e.g. the brambles), but I am unsure how else to get rid of something dotted hidden across a garden of this size. Obviously the mini digger will identify some bits...

Please do advise / help - I was hoping to get the digger this weekend and do most of the digger work, with the rotivator the following weekend. I can only spend weekends on this due to work, and we have some extra help (probably 3-4 of us each day).

Does this all sound achievable?


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Laying turf in this summer weather

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