Rolled lawn is a special coating that is created by laying layers of ready-made sod with already germinated grass seeds. Among all types of landscape design, this type is the most popular. Many are interested in how to make a rolled lawn. However, it is much easier to buy it, and only then provide proper care for the coating.
What is the secret of popularity
Roll "artificial" lawn appeared in the 30th year of the last century in America. Then the tradition of laying the finished canvas of grass was happily continued by many European countries.
Rolled lawn is a real find for all those who do not want to wait a long time until the grass is planted on the plot with green grass. So-called “turf mats” are formed by sowing lawn grass seeds. They are fixed on a lawn net basis.
All the buyer needs to do is to prepare the platform and lay down a “live” mat. Already after 10-14 days, the plot near the house where the grass was placed will noticeably change.
The lawn, as such, can be presented in different forms and variations. The most popular types of turf:
- Elite view. This is the most spectacular "live" coating, which has a perfectly smooth surface. Lawn requires proper care, as well as careful selection of plants to be used directly near the lawn surface;
- Standard view. Decorative type can be used as a spectacular platform for outdoor activities. Grass for a lawn of this type is not afraid of trampling. The mixture of seeds is formed in such a way that the finished “grass pad” is resistant to temperature changes, is beautiful and has pleased its appearance for more than one year;
- City view. It is also called sports or universal. It consists of herbs that carry considerable physical exertion.
Laying roll turf passes pretty quickly, the desired effect is also not long to wait. However, whatever the type of landscaping, rolled lawn after laying needs careful care.
Main advantages and possible disadvantages
The merits of the "green mat" can not be overestimated. In just a few days, you can drastically modify a fairly large area. In addition, it is worth noting the following advantages of turf:
- Due to the fact that the thickness of the turf is more than 3 centimeters, it is possible to lay such a coating even on those types of soil that are considered unsuitable for growing any crops;
- Laying turf lawn is possible not only on perfectly flat grounds, but also on slopes and other specific locations;
- Dense canvas turf does not allow weeds to sprout in the area;
- The service life of the turf under the conditions of proper care, no less than that of other types of surface landscaping;
- Anyone can put a rolled lawn with his own hands;
- Grass is a natural type of coverage, a universal version of gardening and landscaping of any site.
At the same time, the minuses of the turf are absent. The only caveat: the relatively high price for high-quality goods of this profile.
Before laying a turf, you should take care of the surface on which the live carpet will grow. The site is carefully cleaned, removing construction and household waste. If earlier lawn grass has grown on the plot or there are many weeds, all plants are removed. Do all the work you need carefully.
Turf can not throw away. Thrifty owners often store similar biomass, and then use it as a compost. Site preparation also consists in total destruction of all types of weeds. The most malicious are considered such plants:
Where there is particularly strong accumulation of weeds, it is necessary to use herbicides. Then dig up soil, get rid of large lumps of the earth.
Work with soil
Before laying the lawn on the cleaned clay surface, it is necessary to lay a layer of sand and gravel on the soil (from 4 to 8 centimeters). Even if there is no need to plant seeds in the soil itself, it is still worth improving the surface layer of the soil. He needs to give more fertility, reduce the acidity of the soil, as well as improve the structure itself.
There are several ways to make the soil under the lawn better. One of the easiest and most effective is to apply complex mineral fertilizers at the rate of 50-60 g / m2. All work is carried out in dry sunny weather.
Purchase and storage of lawn
The device of a rolled lawn is formed in such a way that immediately after purchasing a “turf mat” it is necessary to use it for its intended purpose. Long store this product can not be. That is why in the winter or early spring, lawn does not buy.
As soon as the turf canvas was cut and transported to the territory, it is necessary to lay the lawn on the first day. The maximum shelf life is 2 days. Therefore, the preparation of soil for landscaping on the site should be carried out shortly before purchase.
If it was not possible to lay the mat on the first day, you need to find a suitable place for the lawn. It must be a moderately cool area where direct sunlight does not fall. If the weather is hot and dry, the plates are watered from time to time.
Care of a rolled lawn in such extreme conditions is rather difficult, it requires a lot of time and effort. Plates little just pour water. Each roll must be carefully opened and gently moisten the sprouted soil. Another important nuance: if the coating is “over-exposed” and not placed on the site in a timely manner, it will be much more difficult to care for the roll grass.
Modern production allows you to create and deliver the turf to the site in integrity and security. However, not a single trick will help to keep the folded "mat" folded for a long time.
The nuances of laying turf
Already stipulated the fact that the main advantage of a rolled lawn is the ability to quickly make the laying of paintings. You can work independently, without attracting specialists.
The soil for the turf must be prepared 10–13 days before the actual planting. It is best to lay out the canvas in the spring (the best time - April), in the summer, as well as in early autumn. In winter, this procedure is not carried out.
The ideal weather for work is dry, moderately hot. The earlier the turf was installed, the more carefully the scheme of regular watering of the green cover should be worked out.
The technology of working with rugs is quite simple. When all surfaces on the site are prepared, the rolls are gently unrolled and placed on those locations where they will be all the time.
First put one layer and carefully tamped. Then the lawn is rolled by a light roller, which will allow for more intimate contact with the soil.
Problems you may encounter
The most common problem: the lawn dries and turns yellow. Very often this is due to the fact that during transportation errors were made or the storage technology was not followed. In addition, many buyers do not know how to properly care for such a coating. Many believe that work on the site is limited to only one landing, and the lawn will grow by itself, without the need for additional care.
Far from it. Only weeds can sprout on their own. All other crops and canvases for landscaping need careful maintenance. So, if the lawn turned yellow or red (brown) spots appeared on the grass, this may be caused by the following errors in the work and laying technology:
- The canvas was watered unevenly;
- When laying the “turf mat” was not sufficiently rolled to the ground, and therefore did not dock with the main ground;
- Poor drainage;
- Before planting the lawn was not made proper soil preparation.
Other problems may arise over time. Caring for a lawn cloth often complain that the grass becomes rare. Also, against the background of yellowed canvas weeds may appear.