Laying turf in April will give the turf plenty of time to establish before heavy use in the summer. In addition, the weather is generally warm and there’s usually adequate rainfall. Find out about laying turf in April with advice and top tips from Essex turf and topsoil grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.
Prepare the ground
- Remove the old turf and turn over the soil, removing any debris as you go.
- Depending upon the condition of the soil, you may want to rake in fresh topsoil.
- Tread down gently with your feet to lightly firm down the soil, but take care not to compact it.
- Repeat this process until the ground is level.
Lay the turf
- Start along a straight edge for the best results. If you don’t have a straight edge, use a board as a guide.
- Kneeling on a board, place the first roll of turf down in front of you and roll it away from you.
- Continue to lay the rolls of turf along the straight edge until you come to the end. Make sure that the edges are butted up close together, but don’t overlap or stretch them.
- Use a half moon edging iron to cut the end of the row.
- Start on the next row, but this time stagger the rolls of turf in a brickwork pattern so that the joins aren’t together.
- Continue to lay the rolls of turf.
Water the turf
- Water the turf within half an hour of installation.
- Depending upon the weather (wind, heat and lack of rainfall will dry out the turf) the turf may or may not require watering when laying turf in April. As a guide, if the weather is warm and dry water the turf twice a day until the roots have established. If the weather is wet check the turf every day for signs of drying out – lift up a corner of the turf to make sure that the turf and soil underneath is wet, and water as and when necessary.
- Always lay new turf within 24 hours of delivery.
- For larger lawns, hire a turf cutter to remove the old turf.
- Apply fresh topsoil before laying new turf for the best results.
- If you discover a dip as you’re laying the new turf, fill it with soil and place the turf back down.
- Check the turf on a regular basis for signs of drying out, lifting or turning brown, and water thoroughly.
- Mow the lawn as soon as the turf has rooted.