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FAIL TO PREPARE, PREPARE TO FAIL?
A sucessful lawn is as much down to the turf as it is the preparation. You need a good lightly compacted bed of soil to put the turf down on. You need to use a screened soil which has had the stones and larger chunks 'screened' out of it. You should be aiming to lightly rake the surface of the prepared area and just get a few crumbs coming up - then you are ready to go!
SHOULD I EDGE MY LAWN?
Edging your lawn with something solid does make it easier to lay as you can level the soil to the installed edging. It is also makes the lawn easier to maintain.
DO I NEED BOARDS TO LAY ON?
If possible use scaffold boards when you lay as you should not walk directly on your prepared soil or newly laid turf. Lay them out along the edge of turf you have just laid and use them to lay the next row.
WHEN SHOULD I LAY MY TURF ?
Think about this the other way around - when is the worst time? Do not lay turf when the weather is too wet or too cold. If you can't prepare a good soil crumb as a bed then don't lay turf.
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