Laying a new lawn in 10 easy steps

Has your lawn been adversely affected by the unusually wet weather this year? In some areas of the country, garden flooding has been so severe that many people will be forced to renew the turf on their lawns this year. For those of you wanting to find out how, read on for Paynes Turfs’ top tips on laying a new lawn.

Laying a new lawn

  1. Remove the old turf using a shovel to cut out the old turves.
  2. Use a garden fork to turn the soil over, removing any weeds, stones or other debris along the way.
  3. Rake in a good quality loam over the entire area. *Tip – our Premium Blended Loam is perfect for preparing the ground under turf.
  4. To improve drainage if your lawn is prone to waterlogging, rake in course sand at this stage.
  5. Apply a good pre-turfing fertilizer, following the manufacturers instructions.
  6. Rake over the ground until it is level, and firm the ground (but don’t compact it) by gently walking over it. Repeat the raking and firming process one more time.
  7. Work out how much turf you will need to complete the job and place your order. Make sure the turf is delivered on the morning that you are planning to lay the turf.
  8. Begin laying the turf along the longest straight edge (if you have one), then work across the lawn, laying the turf in a staggered fashion, so that no continuous joins are created. *Tip – place boards down when you need to move across the area.
  9. When joining each edge together, make sure you push the edges up close, but don’t stretch the turf. Continue laying the turf across the entire area. *Tip – use a knife or half-moon spade to cut the turf to the correct length.
  10. Water the lawn immediately, giving it a really good soaking. Water the new turf daily, depending upon the time of year and weather conditions. *Tip – check if water has seeped right the way the turf through by lifting a corner.