Spring is an ideal time to renovate your garden with a new lawn. Laying turf can be a daunting prospect, but armed with a little know-how, laying a new lawn can be simple. Find out the best way to lay turf with advice from Essex Turf grower, Paynes Turf.The best way to lay turf

Prepare the ground

A new lawn is only as good as its foundations, so it makes good sense to prepare the ground well. Good quality soil is essential for newly laid turf as it will provide nutrients, air and water which will enable the turf to establish quickly. To prepare the ground, dig over the soil making sure the surface is flat, even, and free from debris, then spread a layer of high quality topsoil over the entire area and water thoroughly.

Order the turf

Arrange to have your turf delivered early on the morning of your planned installation day, as this will give you the entire day to lay the turf. It’s always best to lay the turf within 24 hours of delivery to ensure it remains as fresh as possible.

Lay the turf

Begin laying the turf along a straight edge such as a border if you have one, or use a long plank of wood to give a straight edge. Lay the turf along the entire length, making sure the joints are butted up close together – although take care not to stretch the turf. Lay a plank of wood across the turfed area so that you can walk across without damaging the turf.

Start to lay the next line of turf staggering the joints in a brickwork style – make sure the joints are not all in line. Cut the ends of the turf with a sharp long-bladed knife and fill in any gaps between the turves with a fine grade soil.

Build up the outer edges of the turf with soil to help stop the exposed edges from drying out. This can be removed once the turf has established.

Water the lawn

Immediately after laying the turf, water the lawn thoroughly and ensure the water has seeped right through to the soil below. You can check this by gently lifting a corner of the turf. Water every day for at least 2 weeks, preferably early in the morning or late in the evening to ensure no water is lost through evaporation.