How to lay turf on clay soil

Find out how to lay turf on clay soil.

Laying turf on clay soil needn’t be too much of a headache. In fact, clay soil can have its advantages, as it holds water well and is rich in nutrients.

Add drainage

There are two ways to go about preparing your clay soil for laying the turf. The first is to incorporate sand into your soil to give it drainage. Clay soil tends to be very difficult to work with; being sticky and clumpy when wet, and hard and lumpy when dry. Adding sand to your clay soil can be time consuming and costly. For this reason, you may find it easier and more economical to add a layer of topsoil on top of the clay soil.

Add nutrient-rich topsoil

First you will first need to install a drainage system to the clay soil to allow the water to soak away freely. If you don’t, this will result in a waterlogged garden at the first sign of rain. Cover the entire area with at least 50mm of our Premium Blended Loam. This will give your turf the nutrients it needs to establish and grow, and with the underlying drainage system, there will be no threat of waterlogging.

You are now ready to turf your prepared clay soil.How to lay turf on clay soil

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