Renovating an old lawn – re-turfing or sowing new seed.
Renovating an old lawn can be done through re-turfing or sowing new seed. Here are some steps for each method:
- Begin by removing the old lawn. This can be done with a lawn cutter, a spade or a hoe.
- Once the old grass is removed, rake the area to remove any debris, stones or roots.
- Check the soil pH and adjust it if necessary. You can do this by adding lime to raise the pH or sulfur to lower it.
- Add a layer of topsoil to the area, about 4 inches deep, and rake it smooth. This will provide a good base for your new lawn.
- Lay the new turf over the prepared area, starting at one end and working your way across. Lay the turf in a brickwork pattern, staggering the joints.
- Once the new turf is laid, water it thoroughly to help it establish roots.
Sowing new seed:
- Begin by removing the old grass, as described above.
- Rake the area to remove debris, stones and roots.
- Check the soil pH and adjust it if necessary.
- Add a layer of topsoil, as described above.
- Choose a grass seed that is appropriate for your region and soil type. Follow the instructions on the seed packet for the recommended amount of seed per square foot.
- Sow the seed over the prepared area, using a seed spreader or by hand. Rake the seed into the topsoil.
- Water the area lightly to keep the soil moist until the new grass grows in.
Both methods can be successful, but re-turfing can provide quicker results as you already have a mature lawn. However, sowing new seed can be more cost-effective and allows for more variety in grass types.