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News Article *IMPORTANT* Do not use Bad Turf Underlay

*IMPORTANT* Do not use Bad Turf Underlay
Written by Troy Cutts
Created / Updated on Tuesday 23rd of June 2015

Paper Mulch is widely sold at most landscaping suppliers as a turf underlay. Here is an example of what this looks like
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Picture of this bad underlay.


Why you should NOT USE this product

It produces high Alkaline conditions and this locks up available nutrients so that they are not accessible to plants or turf. This in effect means your turf will not grow well. In fact it may not grow at all. To demonstrate these conditions, we pH tested the underlay.

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pH testing the Underlay.

Here is an example. The before and after photos showing just 12weeks. This turf was laid on top of this bad underlay.

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A comparison of when the turf was laid to 12 weeks later. The Turf is struggling to survive in these conditions.


It is important to know the pH level of your soil to ensure what you want to grow will grow. Here is a pH Plant Nutrient Scale that will give you an idea of what happens when, in the case of this bad underlay, the pH is too high. Nitrogen, Calcium and Iron are not as readily available.

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pH Nutrient Availability Chart.

Please Remember Always use a good base and topsoil to prep the site before you lay your turf.

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