How to lay turf for a stunning lawn.
Turf can be laid all year round, although try to avoid doing so when there is a risk of frost, and during very hot, dry periods in the summer. With the warm sunny weather we’ve been having, spring is a great time to lay turf, plus you will benefit from a lovely lawn to use in the summer!
The first step is to prepare the soil. Good quality soil is essential for new turf, as it will need plenty of nutrients, air, and water, to enable it to grow well, and all this can be obtained from the soil. Good soil will encourage the grass roots to establish quickly, and deeply. Check out our guide for preparing the soil before laying turf here.
After preparing the soil, order your turf. Turf is always best when laid within 24 hours, however in hot weather lay immediately to avoid the turves drying out.
Begin laying the turves along a straight edge if you have one, making sure the joints are butted up closely together. Work across the area, staggering the turves as you lay them in a brickwork pattern, so that the joins are not all in one line. Use a plank of wood to kneel on as you lay the turves, so you don’t damage them. Cut the turf with a long bladed knife or a saw around any edges, and fill in any gaps with a fine grade soil.
Watering your new lawn is the most important step to ensure the grass plants take root and soak up plenty of water, which will result in a thick green sward. Water immediately after laying, and for at least 2 weeks after, and try to water first thing in the morning or late in the evening to ensure no water is lost through evaporation. Check the water has seeped right through to the soil below, by lifting a corner of the turf.
Laying new turf can be very rewarding and will instantly transform your lawn into a stunning green carpet!