How the roll lawn works - how it is made at the factory
How to lay out a finished roll lawn
Laying and caring for a rolling lawn
- It is best to lay the roll lawn in August or September, or in the spring at the end of April. The lawn will quickly take root and even grow up. Do not worry that the lawn will not overwinter, no changes will happen to it during the winter, and in the spring it will delight you with young, green grass.
- Layers of turf should be placed as tightly as possible to each other. If gaps have formed, you can lightly sprinkle them with earth, leveling the surface. If a large layer of sod falls unevenly on the ground, it will crack later.
- You need to start laying from the center to the edges, while standing on the already laid layers of the lawn. Place a sheet of plywood or a thin board under your feet. This is necessary so that there are no footprints and holes from shoes on the ground.
- After all the sod is laid and the work is completed, you need to give 3-4 weeks for the lawn to take root. At this time, you should not walk on it with your feet, so as not to knock off the layers.
- You can mow the lawn for the first time after the grass reaches 6 cm in size. It is necessary to cut no more than 2 cm. On average, it is recommended to cut the lawn grass once a week.
- If the lawn was laid out in the fall, you do not need to mow it until next year.
- Caring for a rolled lawn consists of regular watering and mowing of the top layer.
- Watering the lawn is best done using the drip method. Put a hose on the lawn, in which holes have been made along the entire length, and let the water in, but control the process so as not to turn the ground into a swamp. You can not water the lawn in the heat, and using cold water.
Roll lawn and artificial grass - technology-based lawn laying
1 Features of a rolled lawn and its advantages
For some, the cultivation of lawn grass with one's own hands seems to be too difficult a task, and for some it frightens off for long periods of time. After all, until the grass turns into a thick carpet, it will take a long time, and will it be possible to achieve a dense, even sod if weak plants constantly have to be protected from weeds, drought, frost and various diseases. It is quite another matter - laying the lawn in rolls or using artificial grass.
In addition, having learned from our article how to lay roll turf and artificial grass on your own, you can significantly save on the work of artificial turf specialists.
Artificial grass video
Neat rolls of lawn grass are harvested in special lawn nurseries, where the technology of growing lawn grass is thought out to the smallest detail. The seeds of high-quality multicomponent grass mixtures are sown with special seeders on perfectly leveled fields at the right time. Precise adherence to the seeding rate, the same depth and even sowing of seeds ensure the best formation of a lawn with a developed root system. Thanks to the anti-weed treatment, weeds do not appear on the lawn. An autonomous irrigation system and a drainage system guarantee an optimal water balance for plants, and grass care is carried out by specialist technologists using professional equipment.
Taken together, all this allows you to get a perfectly smooth, dense, uniform lawn of rich green color in one and a half to two years. Identical strips of lawn grass are cut from the fields by special equipment and rolled into rolls. Due to the fact that the roots of the grasses are woven into a strong ball with each other, the turf strips do not fall apart, and after laying the layers of the lawn adhere well to the ground, providing young shoots.
Pictured is artificial grass
Roll lawn has many advantages:
- the purchased lawn is of high quality, it is very dense and has a uniform emerald color
- rolls can be laid throughout the season, from spring to autumn
- the rolled lawn is resistant to trampling, after rolling on it you can arrange at least a volleyball court in a week
- if any soil defects appear within three weeks after rolling out the lawn, you can pour soil under it in places of subsidence
- the first year there is no need to weed the lawn
- even the most abundant rainfall does not cause any harm to dense turf
- rolled lawn is not afraid of frost and drought
- successfully takes root on any type of soil and grows quickly
- resistant to damping
- caring for a rolled lawn is less labor-intensive, it can be watered much less frequently than a sowing lawn
- the plot takes on a beautiful well-groomed appearance immediately after the completion of construction work, in addition, the decorativeness of the roll lawn remains for many years.
Roll Lawn Laying Technology
Even those who have never dealt with lawn grasses will be able to lay a roll lawn. It is very important to choose a quality lawn for laying. As a rule, it is grown for 2-3 years. The best lawn grasses are red fescue, meadow bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, as well as fine bent grass. The height of the turf can vary from 2 to 15 centimeters, depending on the age of the lawn. The thickness of the stand should be the same throughout the entire area. When choosing a roll lawn, pay attention to the absence of weeds in its composition. There should be no weeds among the lawn grasses, and stones should be completely absent. The grass stand must be firm and durable, that is, it must not crumble or be damaged when exposed to it.
In order for the lawn to grow and develop evenly, it must be laid down as soon as possible. Knowing the exact area of the site, add about 5% more. If the territory is uneven, and also contains a large number of structures, paths and other elements, then it is better to add 10% of the area, taking into account the defects of the site.
Prepare the area before laying the lawn. It should be free of stones, debris, twigs and old turf. Weeding is also necessary. For better lawn growth, fertilize with compound fertilizers. Watering should be done if the ground is dry.
The best time to lay your lawn is in spring, preferably in March or April. Laying is also permissible in the fall, before the soil has time to freeze. The interval between cutting and laying the lawn should be no more than 5 days. If for any reason the work is postponed, provide watering to the lawn, and also keep it away from direct sunlight.
Start laying from the place where the rolls are, in a brick pattern. You cannot walk on a freshly laid lawn; use wooden planks for this purpose. First, lay the whole pieces in a straight line, and only then you can start filling the turns with the cut pieces. There should be no space between the pieces of the lawn, they are stacked close to each other, and the joints are filled with peat, sand and clay mixed together. Water the lawn thoroughly when finished. At first, watering is very important, especially if the weather is sunny and dry enough. After a while, when the lawn takes root, it is enough to water it 2 times a week.
Mowing should be started when the lawn grasses are up to 10 centimeters deep. In time, this moment comes after 2 weeks. The last time it is cut at the end of September, leaving a height of 5-6 centimeters.
Remember not to use the lawn immediately after laying it. For a better rooting of grasses, you should wait a month, and only then fully use the excellent quality lawn. Complete and proper maintenance will keep your lawn in excellent condition for years to come.
Laying the roll lawn correctly
The optimal choice
Today, landscaping of the site has gained particular popularity, in fact, on every site you can see at least a small piece, which is covered with lawn grass. And this is not surprising, because the lawn allows you to create a very original and beautiful personal plot.
Lawns are used for a variety of purposes, ranging from decorative ones such as drapes to sports lawns that resist trampling very well, great for tennis courts, playgrounds and the like.
The lawn requires special attention and care, but not everyone has such an opportunity, so a new product has entered the market - a roll lawn.
Benefits of a roll lawn
Such a lawn does not need to be planted, and grown, it is enough just to prepare the soil, carefully spread rolls of lawn grass and now you become the owner of a stunning soft and green lawn.
A rolled lawn is grown in special greenhouses, it is completely free of weeds, which means that you do not have to worry about removing weeds from the area with the lawn.
The grass cover of the rolled lawn is even, without the formation of bald patches and perfectly resists the climatic zone of Russia.
Another advantage of a roll lawn is its good resistance to drought, pests and other negative factors.
We calculate the area
First of all, you need to remember that the roll lawn must be laid in one day, thanks to this, the uniformity and uniformity of the lawn will be preserved. And for this, first of all, it is necessary to accurately calculate the amount of lawn material. To do this, you need to calculate the total area of the territory and add five percent to this, if there are flower beds and paths, then you need to add ten percent.
Preparing the territory
First of all, it is necessary to carry out a major cleanup of the area on which the lawn will be located, that is, it is necessary to remove stones, stumps, excess vegetation, debris, and the like.
Then you need to treat the soil with special chemicals. The next stage is the arrangement of the drainage system and the leveling of the site. After the performed procedures, the site must be covered with an even layer of fertile soil, and a week before laying the lawn itself, add a complex of necessary minerals.
If the weather at the time of laying the lawn is dry, then the soil must first be watered, while it should be saturated with moisture about twenty centimeters deep.
We lay the lawn
It must be remembered that the rolled lawn must be laid within 72 hours after it is cut, if you do not have the opportunity to immediately lay the lawn, then it is better to postpone the purchase until more free time.
The most optimal period for "planting" a rolled lawn is autumn and spring, around April-March. The most important thing is for the earth to warm up and move away after frost, experts also advise against laying the lawn in the mud.
The final stage is tamping the lawn using a special board with a handle.
When you go to the dacha on a warm summer day, there you just want to walk barefoot on the grass, lie on the green lawn. But all this is impossible if you do not have a green lawn. And again, it is impossible if it was planted very recently, since it should take about two years before the formation of a powerful sod. True, this situation can correct a rolled lawn.
After all, the technology of the roll lawn is such that it can be laid on the ground from early spring and continued until late autumn. At the same time, you will immediately get weed-free grass with a height of 4 - 5 cm.
So, if the layers of turf 2 - 2.5 cm thick, rolled into rolls, measuring 0.4 x 2 m are already in front of you, then the main question immediately arises: "How can we now lay the rolled lawn?"
If this is a dacha or a garden plot, then on their small area the rolled lawn can be laid on your own. The entire installation of the purchased roll lawn must be done within three days. And even better - within a day after cutting the sod layer brought to you. If you understand that you can't meet the deadline, then you need to store the rolled lawn in stacks in 2 - 3 layers in a place protected from the sun and wind, covering the green rugs with a damp cloth.
How to properly lay the rolled lawn?
The technology for laying roll lawn implies that they are rolled out in rows in a checkerboard pattern, similar to how it is done when laying bricks, paying attention to the fact that the joint joints are not too long. In this case, the edges of adjacent lawn rolls should fit snugly against each other, but not climb on top of each other. Small pieces of lawn belts should be inside the installation and not at the edge. Each row should be finished with a piece of sod more than half the standard length.
How to trim the rolled lawn if necessary?
A roll lawn is grass, a layer of roots and earth, so it is carefully cut with a knife or chopped off with a sharp shovel. When installing a rolling lawn, a boardwalk is laid on top of it, along which you need to move, but not along the grass itself!
After the roll lawn has been laid and trimmed as needed, it must be tamped over the surface with a roller or hand tool. This measure is necessary to ensure that the roots of the turf and soil are in close contact.
The seams that have formed between the plates of the rolled lawn are covered with a mixture of sand and fertile soil. Then the area with the laid lawn must be watered abundantly in order to saturate both the lawn itself and the ground under it with moisture. To do this, you will need to spend 15 liters of water for every square meter of lawn. But you won't be able to relax on this!
The second watering of the lawn is of no less importance to him. And if there are no heavy rains within a week after laying it, then you will have to water the rolled lawn every day, while spending 5-10 liters of water for every square meter of green surface.
7 - 14 days after laying the rolled lawn, do the first mowing of the grass on it. Get used to it! From now on, you will have to mow your lawn regularly. In this case, the grass is cut across the direction of the bale laying in order to prevent it from shifting.
And you can walk freely on the green grass of your lawn within a month after laying it. As a rule, this period is quite enough for the lawn grass to grow together with the soil.
How to care for the rolled lawn after laying?
If you want your lawn to be perfect, it must be properly maintained. Immediately after laying the grass watered - otherwise it will simply dry up.
Time the first haircuts difficult to name, because much here depends on how high the grass was in the rolls. Sometimes the lawn has to be mowed in a couple of days, and sometimes in a week. In the future, it is recommended to mow the lawn once every 5 days.
Concerning fertilizers, then they are brought in once a month - from the beginning of spring to August. It is best to use a special lawn fertilizer marked "spring-summer" (according to the instructions). Next, you need to take a break, and at the end of October, feed the herbs once more, but this time with a special autumn fertilizer for the lawn without nitrogen.
Weeds rarely grow through the rolled lawn, but the most "malicious" still manage to get through to the light. I am glad that there are not too many of them, and, accordingly, it is much easier to get rid of them.
Whatever part of the territory you take under the lawn - it will look exceptionally good. Smoothly cut grass unites all areas and objects of the garden into a single whole. So, if you have the opportunity to organize a green "island" on the site, be sure to do it - you will not regret it.