Ground prep for turf

Laying a new lawn this spring? Then remember that the finished result will only be as good as the preparation of the ground beforehand. Find out how to get the best possible results when laying a new lawn with tips on ground prep for turf, from Essex turf grower Paynes Turf.

The single most important job to carry out when laying new turf is to prep the ground correctly, before laying the turf. Once the turf has been laid it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to correct any lumps, bumps, and dips in the lawn that have appeared due to poor ground preparation.

Spring is a great time of year to lay new turf; the weather is a little warmer and there’s usually plenty of rainfall to water the new turf in. Here’s a step-by-step guide on ground prep for turf:

Step 1. Undercut the old turf using a spade, and remove. For small lawns a spade should do the job, but if you have a large lawn then you may want to consider hiring a turf cutter from your local hire centre to make the job easier.

Step 2: Use a garden fork to turn over the soil to a depth of around 15cm. Remove any debris including stones, weeds and roots that you may find. A garden fork will be adequate for smaller gardens, but for larger areas, consider hiring a powered rotavator to turn over the soil.

Ground prep for turf

Use a garden fork or spade to turn over the soil

Step 3: Use a rake to flatten and even up the soil. If the soil is poor quality, you may want to apply a layer of fresh topsoil over the ground, and then lightly rake it in.

Ground prep for turf

Poor quality soil may require the addition of a layer of fresh topsoil

Step 4: Tread down the soil gently with your feet to firm it down, but make sure that you don’t compact the soil.

Step 5: Remove lumps and dips by adding/taking away soil.

Step 6: Repeat the raking and firming process until the ground is completely level; this will give the best results when laying the new turf.

Ground prep for turf

Make sure the ground is completely level

Step 7: Depending upon the time of year and the weather, water the levelled ground well. Between the months of October to March, you should not need to water the ground at all, unless it’s unusually dry.

Step 8: Order the turf. Make sure the turf is laid the same day as it’s delivered.

Click here to find out how to lay turf.

Remember, the quality of the finished lawn will depend upon the work that went into the ground preparation, so spend a little extra time getting it right and you could enjoy a beautiful, even, lush green lawn this summer!