Buy lawn turf if you want an instant lawn, with very little after care necessary. You can buy different qualities of lawn turf according to the use your lawn will get.
New houses usually come with a turf front lawn because this is the easiest and fastest way for the builder to provide a green lawn, without watering or having to scare off birds.
Laying turf is very easy, but you still need to prepare your soil if your lawn is to be level.
Kill all the weeds where the lawn turf is to be laid. Use any total weed killer, or cover the area with a thick black polythene sheet, the kind sold to damp proof new houses. Leave the black polythene in place for 6-8 weeks to kill buttercups and similar lawn weeds, 3-6 months to kill dandelions and dock weed with their long taproots. Keep the polythene sheet weighed down with heavy stones and bricks.
Dig over the lawn area and remove any stones. Rake it so that there are no lumps of soil and no bumps or hollows. Your finished lawn can only be as flat as the soil underneath it, so make a good job of the raking.
Turf is available in a very wide range of qualities and prices. You can buy lawn turf through the classified section of your local newspaper. This will usually be meadow turf from a local supplier. This is the cheapest 'lawn' turf you will find. It is also the lowest quality. You have no control over the varieties of grass in meadow turf, they were chosen by the farmer as the ones best suited to feed sheep or cattle.
If you look online to buy your lawn turf, the choice and quality are both infinitely better. Most suppliers allow you to buy using credit cards and guarantee your lawn turf will have no weeds in it. You should also be able to see photos of the different kinds of lawn turf you can buy.
The best approach is to talk with your preferred online garden turf supplier and tell the company's representative how you expect the finished lawn to be used and about any drainage or shade problems it will be subject to. Use the representative's knowledge to your advantage and accept their recommended lawn turf as the most suitable.
Measure your lawn's area and contact other suppliers, then ring back your preferred supplier and try to negotiate a good price. Make sure the prices quoted all include taxes and delivery and that you are being quoted for turf of the same quality.
When you buy lawn turf it normally comes in rolls eighteen inches wide by six feet long, one square yard each. When you buy, tell the supplier the day you need the lawn turf. Suppliers will do their best to deliver when you need the turf.
When laying your turf, keep a hosepipe with a spray close to hand, best are the sprays you can turn on or off with a pistol grip. Starting at one corner, dampen the soil and unroll one roll of lawn turf. Repeat the process by laying another roll to butt against the first one, until the whole width is covered with unrolled turf. Start your second row of turf with a half roll, so that the joints do not all line up. Butt the second row up against the first one, but not so tightly that the junction is above the surface. Continue until all the area is covered. Pull a lawn roller over the newly laid turf once; after that stay off the turf for two weeks. At the end of this time fill any gaps with sifted topsoil.
Your new lawn will be ready to cut in about 6 weeks, let it grow to about 3-4 inches before you put the lawnmower over it, and just give it a light trim the first few times.