How to Strip Your Lawn

Cutting turf means to remove the part of your garden, or lawn that has the grass on it revealing the dark, brown coloured turf underneath, either for re turfing or planting. Historically, this was done with spades and manpower, however the best way to do this effectively is through the use of a turf cutter. A turf cutter looks like a tractor. It operates by running up and down the lawn area and peeling away the turf from the surface of the lawn. The main benefit of a turf cutter is that it is a very easy way to strip a lawn and it is easy to drive in straight lines which will make re turfing or planting much easier.

For extremely large areas of lawn, such as those on farms, you will need a professional industrial turf cutter. For domestic use, you can hire a turf cutter that is about the same size as a lawn mower. Domestic turf cutters run on engine power and are pushed along the lawn in the same way as a lawn mower. They have pull start engines which run on diesel or petrol. The turf cutter you hire should also have height settings so that you can adjust the depth of the cut, so as to remove an appropriate sized section of turf for your project. A good turf cutter will be lightweight and easy to push, and should move relatively easily across the lawn without too much pressure. Check the handlebars on your turf cutter to make sure the height is comfortable for you. Some turf cutters have a self-propelled setting, so that they roll more easily across the lawn.

Turf cutters make a great deal of noise thanks to their powerful engines, so make sure you have appropriate ear protection on when you are using the turf cutter, and also gloves to keep the turf cutter stable and moving in straight lines. It may help you to spray lines on lawn before you start, as novice landscapes can often miss guess the straightness of the lines they are cutting in.

Unlike a lawnmower, a turf cutter hire will need to move much more slowly across the grass. The way it works is via a blade underneath the machine which acts like a scissor, cutting through the turf. The blade will have to perform multiple cuts per second to get through the depth it needs to get to, and so it would be unwise to try and cut the turf at a high speed. Once you have cut the turf, the turf cutter will leave behind slices of turf, which you can then lift off of the lawn in rolls by rolling.

Once you have cut your turf, laying new turf is relatively easy. The fresh turf should come wet, damp and ready to place. Do not allow the turf to dry as this will kill your grass. Roll the fresh turn over the cut areas and water it well to make sure the roots are in good contact with the soil below.

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