Turf and lawn installation

November is here with us with the short rains. Usually the best time for home owners keen on landscapes to spruce up for the X-mas holidays. The rain and cooler climate give the best climate for most grass to do well. Here’s a guide for beginners in choosing your lawn. Step 1.Your soil type and climate Understand your area soil type and whether patterns. Before you decide on the lawn grass knowledge of this will guide you a great deal. Advice on whether you need to add fertilizer or rich soil may be advised by an expert. Step 2.Grass type The most important thing for any good lawn is grass selection. There are various grasses in Kenya available as seedlings and sods/turf pieces(specifically Kikuyu- Penisetum clandestinum grass currently). Locally available choices include Zimbabwe , paspalum, Cape royal, Bermuda and kikuyu grass. There biggest difference is leaf size, colour, density and spreading speed. You can consult landscapers on this choice. Turf is slightly expensive in the market compared to seedlings per meter coverage. It however provides instant effect when laid and you have a lawn in a couple of hours. Step 3.Preparation Dig up soil to add air and smoothen off by raking for leveling. Manure can be added at this stage. Step 4- Planting For the seedlings, planting in spacing of 10-15 cm apart is considered a good density. Can be even tighter for better chances of grass joining faster. For the turf, after proper watering, laying down of the grass turfs is pretty fast. The end result is a ready to use lawn!! Heres an example of some work done by Asepsis limited here in Nairobi.

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Kikuyu grass turf in 1by 1m pieces arrives for installation

Area to be planted with turf is drenched prior to laying
Area to be planted with turf is drenched prior to laying
Pieces of turf are laid
Pieces of turf are laid
...the laying at an advanced stage
…the laying at an advanced stage
checking for gaps helps make the lawn seamless
checking for gaps helps make the lawn seamless

A view of the finished lawn

The team gets to enjoy the   turf same day of laying
The team gets to enjoy the turf same day of laying

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