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Tuff Turf Growers Ltd. Tips and Design Ideas

Tuff Turf Growers Ltd. wants you to be comfortable installing your own turf and maintaining it. We’ve included videos below we think will be helpful to you as you install and design your new lawn. Don’t forget to contact us today for other helpful tips and tricks!

FAQs

Measuring Area   

How do I properly measure my yard or property to ensure the best size turf for that area?

Use a tape measure to measure and sketch the area to be turfed

  1. For a Square or Rectangle: Area = Length x Width

  1. For a Triangle: Area = Base (a) x Height (b) divided by 2

  1. For a Circle, take the radius (half the distance across the middle of the circle) and square it.
    • If the circle is 20 feet across, take half of that (10) and multiply it by itself
    • Circle’s Area = 3.14 x Radius^2
      • Example: 10 x 10 = 100 (10^2 =100) is multiplied with 3.14, which is 100 x 3.14 = 314, therefore the area of a 20-foot circle would be 314 square feet.

  1. For irregular shapes, break down the areas into rectangles, right triangles, or circles, then calculate.

 

TUFF TURF TIP: We recommend adding 5-10 percent extra to allow for angles and edging

Preparation   

What are the best ways I can prep my yard or property to receive my new turf?

  1. Clear the site and eliminate all weeds and grass
  2. Eliminate severe slopes and any low lying areas
  3. Slope area away from buildings to ensure proper drainage
  4. Till area to a 2-inch depth to help control annual weeds and soil compaction
  5. Add 4-6 inches of good quality, weed free top soil
  6. Roll the area with a lawn roller that is half full of water to firm and settle the area
  7. Finish raking the area, if necessary

 

TUFF TURF TIP: Allow 1 inch depth along sidewalks and driveways so turf will lie flush. Light watering can help settle soil and expose low areas.

Installation   

Which steps can I take to ensure the healthiest, most efficient turf installation process?
sod being laid out

  • During hot weather, lightly water the area to cool and moisten it prior to installation
  • Locate the longest, straightest line for the first row (eg: sidewalk, driveway) or run a string to establish a straight line
  • Butt all joints together and avoid overlapping turf or leaving gaps between pieces
  • Stagger rows in a brick-like fashion
  • Use a large, sharp serrated knife for edging and corners (available at Tuff Turf)
  • If possible, avoid small strips on outer edges as they tend to dry out quicker
  • On large, steep slopes, run turf pieces across the slope, rather than up and down. Staking turf may also be necessary.
  • Roll turf with lawn roller in two different directions to remove air pockets and improve turf-soil contact
  • TUFF TURF TIP: Schedule your turf delivery AFTER your soil and site is prepared and ready. Prompt installation the SAME DAY is crucial.

    Watering   

    Are there any special tips and tricks I should know for keeping my lawn hydrated and healthy?

    New Turf

    TUFF TURF TIP: Water turf with at least 1 inch of water, within 30 minutes of installation. Make sure all edges are watered!
    1. Water daily or more to keep turf moist
    2. Keep turf moist for approximately 10 days to 2 weeks, or until the roots are firmly established
    3. To check if roots are established, pick a piece of turf, preferably in the corner, and lightly pull up a small piece to see if the roots are grabbing. If the corner lifts up easily, with no resistance, then it hasn’t quite established itself yet.
    TUFF TURF TIP: Water turf thoroughly in the morning and check in the evening to see if turf is drying out. If needed, soak again.

    Established Turf

    1. Avoid short, shallow watering. Deeper soakings will encourage deep rooting.
    2. Water turf at least 1 inch of water per week (hot weather will require more watering)
    TUFF TURF TIP: Turf next to the sunny side of buildings, and along driveways or sidewalks, will absorb more heat and therefore tend to dry out more quickly.

    Mowing   

    Is there a special way I should be mowing my new turf?

    1. Keep your mower blade sharp. Dull blades can tear and damage grass blades which creates water loss and, in turn, detrimental growing conditions.
    2. Mow grass to a length of 2 – 2.5 inches. Longer blades retain moisture and provide a thick, tall canopy which helps prevent weed growth.
    3. Remove only a third of the blade of grass with each mowing
    4. Mow in different directions each mowing. This will stand the grass blades up and make mowing easier.
    5. Leave the grass clippings on the lawn as they will dry out and return nutrients to the soil.
    6. Healthy lawns usually require mowing every 3 – 4 days.
    TUFF TURF TIP: In Spring, the first mowing should cut the grass slightly shorter to remove some of the old grass. Leave grass slightly longer during periods of extreme drought. This will allow the grass blades to retain more moisture and require less water.

    Fertilizing   

    How often should I fertilize my lawn, and what fertilizer should I use?

    1. Use a balanced fertilizer with nitrogen
    2. For best results use Ground Keeper lawn fertilizer. Available at our office location
    3. Fertilize between May and September, in 5 – 6 week intervals
    4. Fertilizer type and rate of application can vary greatly depending on soil type, soil condition, amount of rain, and soil compaction
    5. Establish a routine that works for you and stick to it
    TUFF TURF TIP: Recommended 2 – 3 applications per season (early Spring, mid-Summer, and late Fall)

    Weed Control   

    What can I do to prevent weed growth on my new lawn?

    1. A healthy, well-maintained lawn is your best method of weed control.
    2. A poorly maintained lawn, compacted soil, faulty top soil, too much thatch, and weeds going to seed create the majority of weed problems.
    3. Government regulations are continually changing on weed control products. Check with your local garden centre for approved residential products.

    Environmental Benefits of Tuff Turf   

    Are Tuff Turf products eco-friendly?

    1. Protects soil from water and wind erosion
    2. Turf grass traps 12 million tons of dust and dirt that is annually released into the atmosphere
    3. Oxygen production – approximately 5 rolls (55 square feet) or turf grass provides enough oxygen for one person for an entire day.
    4. Lawn areas in North America could store up to 37 billion pounds of carbon
    TUFF TURF TIP: Tuff Turf instantly increases your property value by 5 – 10 percent and creates a comfortable space and recreational area
    Tuff Turf Growers Ltd.
    225 Valley Rd. Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J6
    Saskatoon: 306-384-5644 Regina: 306-352-5223 info@tuffturf.ca