how to stop weeds growing through new turf

How to stop weeds growing through new turf

Looking at it now, it’s in a sorry state. The dandelions are back. I removed thirty a couple of weeks back, and there are probably twice as many left, if not more. There are large patches of clover, and another weed that produce rather nice and very tiny purple flowers. Where there is grass, most of it is dead (brown and straw-like), or it’s twice the height of everything else.

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You should add the topsoil soon before you lay the sod, so it doesn’t get rained on. The best time to sod is in the spring after the frost is mostly out. It can be done in fall, but the results are not as good as fall-sown seed.

Grass also performs best at a ph of between 6.5 and 7. Get your soil tested, and add lime to sweeten the soil to right level.

Imagine this. You’ve decided to replace your weed infested lawn with some lovely new turf. You work hard to prepare the soil and buy the best turf you can afford. For 2 weeks it looks beautiful. Then, just when you think you’ve cracked it you spot a dock leaf in the lawn, then another, and another and Grrrrrrr! After all that effort and expense, you’re back to square one. Can you imagine how you’d feel? How can you be sure that you can stop weeds from invading your new lawn? Fear not! There are methods to prevent weeds from growing in your lawn.

How do weeds get in your lawn?

This is especially important if you’re laying turf onto soil that has previously been infested with dandelions, nettles, docks, plantains or other perennial weeds that can regenerate from a fragment of root.

Block weeds with landscaping fabric

There is no guaranteed solution to the problem of weeds in your lawn. But you can take preventative measures.