Month: April 2014
R. Zwijnenburg’s Clematis alpina ‘Willy’
How To Make a Turf Stack
Firstly I suppose you might ask Why make a turf stack never mind How. Well lovely reader I shall answer that very question. Never will you be able to find as crumbly and gorgeous a loam as can be found in a well rotted turf stack. As it’s made from your own soil it contains all the micro lovelies peculiar to your garden. Also as the grass in the stack composts it adds organic matter, which these beneficial soil microorganisms feast upon making the soil you produce in your stack the healthiest you and your plants could wish for. So if you’re thinking of extending your borders or changing the shape of your lawn, read on. If not, read on anyway, who knows it may come in useful one day. A few things to remember before you start. Firstly not everybody thinks of a turf stack as thing of beauty, so as it will take a couple of years before you can use the soil it’s probably best to tuck it away out of plain sight. Secondly to all intents and purposes you are building a soil structure so to make it stable start with a square base, stagger the joints of the turf as you stack them and *batter the face of the stack. 1 Start your stack by placing the turf grass side down. 2 The next layer of turf is placed grass side up 3 Repeat 4 Cover to exclude light. 5 Wait for 1-2 years and hey presto, loam such as dreams are made of. * I don’t mean cover with a mix of flour and water and deep fry, merely that each turf is set back slightly from the one below.