Advice On Turf Cutting
If you need more space to grow plants in your garden it is now possible to make a plot with a mechanical turf cutter rather than the traditional turfing spade. Jackson & Gocher hire out petrol engined turf cutters with a powered drive and adjustable depth settings.
How to remove turf for the best results:
- This is best done in the spring when the ground is still soft and moist from our winter weather
- Mark out the area you want to remove the turf from using line marking paint or a plumb line
- Decide how deep you want to cut – if you plan on re-using the turf elsewhere in the garden go for about 40mm or if it’s going to be composted go for 25 to 30mm – set the machine to the required depth
- To avoid damaging the machine dig a small trench about 400mm wide x 150mm across and 60mm deep. This is for the cutting blade to sit in so it can move backwards and forwards freely
- With the machine running, position it over your trench, lower the blade, engage the drive and cut a small distance then check the depth and adjust if necessary
- Complete the first line then using a spade cut the strip into sections (usually about a metre long)
- Roll up the turf so it is ready for re-use or composting
- Once the area has been stripped of turf it will need to be rotavated and prepared for use – see our fact sheet “How to rotavate for the best results”
Jackson & Gocher also hire rotavators suitable for various soil types (eg soft sand or heavy clay).
New turf can be purchased from most garden centres or DIY stores but they often only stock it in the spring and early summer. If you are turfing a larger area a specialist turf supplier may be a better / cheaper option.