How to get the best results for your lawn and turf in Nanaimo BC
The hardest part about laying turf or sod as some like to call it is the preparation work. The prep work is a lot easier if you have good soil. By good soil, we mean low clay, well-draining, high organic material, and very few weed seeds.
Why is a healthy lawn important:
uniform growth throughout the lawn area
faster recovery from wear in high traffic areas
less water, fertilizer, and chemicals required
healthier looking lawn all round
What does new turf need?
Turf for your lawn only requires 4 things:
With these four things in the right moderation’s, you can end up with great turf and a healthy lawn in your garden.
Turf requires a minimum of 4″ of good quality (ph 6, loamy/sandy loam) soil, and with head to head coverage irrigation, you will be 90% of the way there.
A few other things to keep your lawn thriving, are to fertilize in spring, summer, and fall with the correct fertilizer.
Mowing to keep your turf at a reasonable level, as well as removal of invasive plants such as crabgrass and clover will help to keep your turf lawn healthy and all one color.
How to get a healthy lawn:
Remove all sub-grade material until you are at a consistent depth of 4+” from your desired finished grade
Install high-quality soil and roughly rake out. Tamp entire area to ensure no settling once the turf is laid. Note: your soil should be around 1/2″ down from finished level. Check this at walkways, driveways etc
Once the soil is spread and tamped, start at the furthest point and begin to final grade with your rake, stopping every few minutes to stand back and check the overall look.
Take into consideration the direction you will be laying the turf (we suggest taking the longest straight edge), how you will get the turf to the rows and your path of travel to get to each row. Also as you complete your grading, make sure to sweep off excess soil from walkways and clean up around edges as you go, so you don’t have soil to clean up after laying the turf.
With the soil down and final grading done, start to bring in turf ready for laying.
Once ready to start laying, apply a ‘Starter Fertilizer’ (as per directions).
You’re now ready to lay your rows of sod. Make sure not to drag it, as this will cause the soil to mound and levels to become undone.
As you complete rows make sure to lightly re-rake the next row so you can remove any footprints/dents that have been made. Also, make sure you ‘butt’ each roll of turf up against the last to prevent drying out. Also pay attention to the inside of the roll end, as it may need to have special attention to lay flat.
Once the entire lawn is laid, you will now be able to go around the edges and cut your lawn shape, and then clean up.
Once finished, roll the area with a lawn roller that is 1/3rd full of water. now water until turf is saturated through to the soil. If working in a large area, you may benefit from blocking out an area so you can start watering it to stop the turf from drying out.
How much does it cost to turf a backyard?
Our Turf is priced at around $10.00-12.00 per roll plus labour to install.
How Big Is a Roll of Turf?
A roll of turf is approximately 4 feet long and 2 feet wide and will cover an area of 8-9 square feet.
We always order a few extra rolls to allow us to cut the shape of your new lawn. Any leftovers can always be used to patch up any sad looking areas of your existing lawn.
When can I lay turf?
Turf is highly perishable. Once cut, the average roll must be laid within 24 hours for best quality and within 3 days before being thrown out. We try to ensure maximum freshness and quality by bringing in turf on the same day as we plan to lay your lawn. For best results, make sure you are free of any frost or freezing before planning to install a lawn.
We thrive on offering the best possible results and products that we possibly can. When it comes to landscaping, we aim to be the best.
Now, we realise that the first response will be they must be expensive. This is not actually the case, alot of our clients have been impressed on how we are cheaper and more creative than other landscaping quotes they have received.
This is because we don’t believe in making you pay extra for quality that you deserve.
We pride ourselves in spending extra time and sometimes product to bring you better and longer lasting results.
WHAT MAKES OUR LANDSCAPES THE BEST?
When we use the term better results, we are not only referring to the finished product, but also the longevity of that landscaping. We want them to look as good in 10 years as the day it went in, aside of the plants being abit bigger.
We are Landscaper Industry Certified by the CNLA as well as Irrigation certified with Rainbird.
We have spent many years working in the trade and found the best ways to install all areas of any garden.
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Since 2005, our full-service design and build firm has worked to become one of the leading landscape companies in Nanaimo, BC. We have built a solid reputation over the years by providing customers with original concepts and exceptional services. Our professional landscapers will work with you to enhance the natural beauty of your outdoor living space. we make homeowners proud and neighbours envious.
When we decided to redesign our outdoor space, we put a lot of thought into choosing our landscaping company. We wanted someone local, creative and experienced who could complete the process from design to installation without us dealing with multiple contractors. We are so thrilled that we chose Creative by Design, and we will have them back next year to do another project! Phil was easy to work with, responsible, dedicated, and with outstanding attention to detail. From the initial consultation to the end of the project, Phil captured our vision and brought it to life. The quality of the materials and installation process gives us great confidence, and the price was fair without any surprises on our final bill. We absolutely recommend Phil and Creative by Design to anyone looking for high-quality landscaping.