Information For Turf Owners

Our commitment to our customers doesn't end when your new lawn has been delivered, to compliment our high quality turf, growing mediums and turf care products we pride ourselves on offering exceptional after sales advice to all of our customers.

On this page you will find a selection of materials to maximise your enjoyment of our products, however if you have a question that isn't cover here please contact us.

Before your turf arrives

To ensure your lawn has the best possible start it is important to carry out several steps to prepare the soil on which the turf will be laid. We recommend completing the following steps at least 2 weeks before your turf arrives.

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  1. All existing vegetation should be killed using a glyphosate non-selective systemic herbicide, e.g. Roundup, carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Once all vegetation is dead (around 2 weeks) the area can be cleared and the ground prepared ready to lay the turf.
  2. The soil should be cultivated to about 6” or 15cm, to aerate the soil and minimise compaction. If the soil is very heavy mix in coarse sand or top soil to help drainage.
  3. Clear any stones and debris, then rake to produce a smooth level surface.
  4. Lightly roll or tread to produce a firm base on which to lay the turf.

Although not essential we recommend a light dressing of fertiliser to aid growth, following manufacturer’s instructions. SpearGROW Pre-Turf fertiliser is ideal for this.

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Laying your turf

Once your soil is prepared and the turf has been delivered you are ready to lay.

The most important thing to remember is turf must always be laid within 24 hours in Autumn/Winter and immediately in the Spring/Summer months.

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Using the following steps even the novice gardener should be able to lay our turf, however if you require professional assistance use our landscaper finder to find contact details of certified Spearhead Turf installers in your region.

  1. Start along the longest, straightest edge of the lawn area. Unrolling strip by strip ensuring that the underside of the turf has full contact with the soil.
  2. Lay the next strip from the opposite end and continue to work across the lawn in this manner producing a pattern similar to brickwork.
  3. Overlap the turf at row ends and cut neatly with a sharp knife or half moon lawn cutter. Avoid using small pieces of turf as these can dry out. Don’t overstretch the turf.
  4. To avoid gaps water the turf immediately after installation and for the first 5 days.

Never walk directly on the prepared soil or newly laid turf, always use boards or planks.

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Caring for your lawn

Once your lawn has established a yearly maintenance routine will keep it looking it's best for years to come.

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JANUARY - MARCH

  • Keep off the lawn in very wet or frosty conditions.
  • Keep a lookout for diseases.
  • Begin the lawn care season by spreading worm casts, when they are dry, with a light brush.
  • Keep the lawn free of debris (leaves etc).
  • The first cut should only take the top off the grass.
  • If moss is a problem, deal with it straight away using a proprietary moss killer or lawn sand.
  • Repair/tidy lawn edges with a half moon edging iron.

APRIL

  • Use a slow release lawn feed and apply a lawn weed killer to the lawn in warm weather.
  • Cutting will become more frequent but don’t cut lower than 1½” (4cm).
  • Dig out coarse grasses and fill holes with soil, before re-turfing or seeding.

MAY

  • Cut at least once a week in May but never lower than 1” (2½cm)
  • Control weeds with a selective weed killer
  • Water during dry spells.

JUNE - AUGUST

  • Cut lawn twice a week.
  • During long dry spells raise the height of cut.
  • Spot treat any weeds.
  • Apply SpearGROW Spring Summer Fertiliser to replace lost nutrients from clippings.
  • It is a good idea to spike the surface with a fork before watering
  • August is the last effective month for weed control.

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER

  • In November give the lawn one final cut if weather permits.
  • Keep the lawn clear of any debris.
  • Keep off the lawn in frosty and wet weather.

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