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Raising a piece of turf

Discussion in 'Lawns' started by Itr786, Sep 1, 2018.

  1. Itr786

    Itr786 Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi, I'm a NEW gardener!, looking for a little advice.

    As the title really, using a trimmer along the edges has resulted in lowering the turf that was once level with the railway slapper wall.

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    What's the best/easiest way to fill in area like that patch and have turf grow back? There's 3 similar patches along the wall.

    I've been told filling the area along the edges with top soil, then sprinkle lawn seed down, and that should sort things out over time.
     
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    @ltr786 you got good advice.

    Welcome to the forum!
     
  3. Itr786

    Itr786 Apprentice Gardener

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    Thankyou, and thanks!.
     
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    Hi,

    The trouble with seeding or putting new turfs down is that they can stand out as clearly different grass.

    Think all thats needed here is to get a sharp spade and make a cut in line with the joint of the flag , then carefully slide the spade about 25 - 50mm under the grass from that cut so you can then fold the turf back at either side.

    Get some nice topsoil from elsewhere in the garden or bags from the diy places and pour it into the void, tamp it down lightly, then fold the turfs back and 'pat' the whole lot with the back of the spade to settle it back down.

    You may have to unfold it if you have too little or too much soil, easy to do though, perhaps leaving it just a little proud as it will likely settle a little bit.
    Then just water well , plus again if its very dry over the next few weeks.

    Job done straight away and the grass all looks the same :smile:
     
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      Itr786 Apprentice Gardener

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      Going down the route of digging out the old turf isn't possible anytime soon due to health reasons, so I'd require a handyman to come and carry out the work!.
      Is the ONLY downside with covering the area with top soil and seeding that the colour will likely be a different shade of green?
       
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      Sounds , like colour, and maybe blade size might be an issue. I'm not picky. I just dropped soil and new seed on bare patches. What comes is better than bald for me. :)
       
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      Hi,

      If you have a handyman you know and trust, then is just a one hour job for him to level those 3-4 areas like I mentioned.

      Just tipping some soil in and seeding on top will work but you may notice a little bit of difference, but not that bad/noticable.

      An even simpler way is just to add top soil and let the surrounding grass grow into it, probably as quick as waiting for seed to grow up enough to cover properly.

      You need to do it soon while there is enough warmth and light to keep the grass growing, otherwise its a wait to next spring.

      Edit - you might want to add your area or town to your profile , some of the other members do gardening services, so you just might be lucky and live in the same area....
       
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    • Mike Allen

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      Welcome to the forum.
      Forget lifting turves. Respectfully. Turves not Turfs.
      My advice is. Continue to mow as usual. when top dressing perhaps add a little bit more to the lower areas.
       

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