How to lay a lawn
Start the New Year by planning a lovely new lawn. A new lawn is easy to lay, relatively inexpensive, and could completely transform your garden. Not sure how to lay new turf? Then find out how to lay a lawn with expert advice from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.
Prepare the ground
This is actually the most important job when laying a new lawn. The foundations of a beautiful lawn are, well, in the foundations, so make sure that the ground underneath the new turf is perfectly level to get great results.
- Undercut the old turf using a spade, and remove. You may wish to hire a turf cutter for easier removal of the turf.
- Turn over the soil using a garden fork to a depth of 15cm, removing all debris (including stones, weeds, roots etc) as you go. A powered rotavator will do the job much faster if you wish to hire one.
- Place fresh topsoil over the ground if necessary, and rake in using a garden rake.
- Firm down the soil by treading over the ground gently with your feet, and then level off any mounds or dips with a spade. Repeat this process once more until the ground is perfectly level, taking care not to compact the soil.
Lay the turf
When laying new turf always have the new turf delivered on the day of laying, if possible, but certainly lay the new turf within 24 hours of delivery. Never walk on newly laid turf – always use a board to walk on as new turf can be easily damaged.
- Whilst kneeling on a board, place the first roll of turf along a straight edge and roll it out away from you.
- Lay the next roll of turf along the straight edge, making sure that the join between the rolls is nice and tight.
- Continue laying the turf across the lawn, staggering the turf in a brickwork pattern.
- To cut the end of each row, use a sharp knife or half moon edging tool.
- If you spot any dips, peel back the turf and fill the gap with topsoil. Place the turf back down.
- Keep the edges of exposed turf moist as you go, to prevent them from drying out.
Water the turf
Depending on the time of year, your lawn may or may not need watering after laying the new turf. Generally speaking between March and October you should water the newly laid turf as soon as it has been laid, whereas laying the turf between November and February is entirely weather dependent.
Always check the turf for signs of drying out, curling at the edges, lifting and the formation of gaps, and water thoroughly as and when necessary. Remember that wind, sun and lack of rainfall will dry out newly laid turf so check the condition of the turf regularly.