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Lifting turf and re-laying

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by Launchbury, 12 Apr 2015.

  1. Launchbury

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    I want to lower an area of my lawn (about 10sqm).

    I'm thinking of carefully cutting the turf with a half moon tool, getting under the turf with a shovel and putting it to one side, then scrape some of the top soil away (about 50mm), then put the turf back.

    I'm just concerned the finished turf will be all over the place when I'm finished 'cos the thickness of each lifted turf will vary.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
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  3. Depending on the area you want to lift and the condition of the grass, a turf cutter will be easier.

    http://www.hss.com/g/62356/Turf-Cutter.html

    Once you've reduced the ground level you'll need to prep the ground before relaying the turf
     
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    Thanks.

    Bit expensive for such a small area though.
     
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    One possible solution would be to create a frame, put a sod face down in it and use a blade to scrape it to a fixed thickness.
     
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    Brilliant idea, thanks.
     
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    I have almost exactly the same question lurking ....

    Thinking on it some, reckon I'll buy replacement turfs which come a standard thickness. Then its only (!) down to leveling the soil ...
     
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    Op, I can't specify thickness since you'll have to decide that based on your own turf. If it were me, I'd cut it first and keep it reasonably thick with a good couple of inches of soil. Above all, keep it moist. If you want to borrow a lawn lute to apply top dressing and some soil afterwards then let me know. I'll be going down to london in a few weeks to see my family and will happily lend one that looks like this to you for a bottle of white wine.
     
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    I've got it all done today, thank you very much for your help and also the offer of the lawn lute.

    You're very kind.
     
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    The offer still stands. pm me if you ever want to take me up on it :)
     
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