Preparation is vital when it comes to turfing. It’s always wise to carry out a percolation test. This involves digging a hole 6” wide by 2ft deep, filling with water and timing how long it takes to drain away. Some boggy areas of ground may require extensive drainage, such as digging a french drain that will lead to a soakaway or simply leach through the soil.
If the ground is not waterlogged then you are ready to prepare the ground. A cultivator machine will carry out the work of many men by churning the earth up with considerable ease. This facilitates the levelling process with a levelling rake. This wide rake will not only help to level the land but will also help grade the soil by finding the bigger stones under the surface. By thoroughly raking you will be left with a fine, friable tilth that looks good enough to eat.
One must level the area, compact by walking in ‘baby steps’ and repeat 3 or 4 times over. Then the turf is ready to roll out and water. One should be advised not to walk on the fresh turf for 2 to 3 weeks (longer in dormant months). Watering in summer is vital.