Helpful Turf Laying Guide
Basics to Successful Turf Laying

turf laying guide


Make sure that the area is drained properly and any debris on the surface such as weeds, loose stones and old turf are taken away. Since your lawn requires over 4 inches of good quality soil, make sure to dig up to a depth of 4-9 inches depending on topsoil depth.

Once all lumps are broken down, you have to fix and level the soil by treading the surface if it is dry enough and then rake it. The process is repeated until the ground is level, smooth and consistently combined. Before applying the turf, rake 1oz of bone meal or a general purpose compound fertilizer per square yard into the soil.


The turf that will be applied should be ordered in ahead of time at least 3-4 days before. It is recommended to order an extra amount that will be used for cutting, forming and measurement mistakes.

If the climate is cold, the ordered turf must be applied once it arrives. Avoid ordering the turf until the preparation is complete in case of weather changes that might occur that will prevent its completion.

Laying The Turf

In case the ground is dry, it is best to dampen it thoroughly before applying the turf and avoid walking on the prepared site. You can start by applying the turf close to the straight edge such as a patio or path.

Position the rolls end to end and make sure that the turf is not overextended but slightly placed on the pieces that are already applied. The pieces at the end of the line that are too long can be cut and positioned at the start of the next line.

The pattern of the turf will start to appear like stonework. During the application of the turf, it is best to walk on boards so that the newly applied turf will not be damaged. Once the lawn is in place, firm down the new turf by rolling it lightly or compressing it using a flat board that is nailed to a wooden pole. Make sure that the new lawn area is damp and water if needed.

Establishing The Lawn

The final edge shaping must be performed once the lawn is established. Take note that there should be no cracks present in between the turf during this stage. Nevertheless, if the weather gets too dry, cracks might appear and must be filled with a mixture of sand, soil and peat or topsoil that is good in quality.

Do not allow the new lawn to dry out You have to water the lawn early in the morning and/or in the evening if needed. Make sure that the turf and the top inch soil will remain damp so that new roots will quickly grow.

Once the lawn is properly established, avoid watering so often during dry weather, but make sure that the grass will grow deep and strong roots by applying at least 1/2inch of water at a time utilizing a jam jar to measure the rate. Excessive water will only encourage superficial and feeble roots and can even promote the growth of weeds, such as the yearly meadow grass.

First Steps in Maintenance

The moment the roots have made its way through the soil and the grass is thriving well, the lawn can be trimmed lightly using a mower. Just make sure that it will not be trimmed too short during the first season, but mowing tends to vary based on the type of the turf you used. Majority of garden laws must not be trimmed shorter than an inch during the initial season.

If the lawn is completely rooted, it is best to provide it with an exterior dressing while the weather is still dry during the autumn season. The dressing that should be applied must be a combination of about one part peat, three parts sand and three parts superior quality loom.

This should be applied to the closely to the lawn that was mowed in an even manner at the amount of 6-9lbs for every square meter. Utilize the flat back of the rake to even out the dressing on the surface so that it will fill in the low areas as well as make the lawn level. Avoid covering the grass entirely, just make sure that the top of the grass blades are still seen.


For the best results, apply a spring lawn fertilizer on March or April, a summer lawn fertilizer on June and an autumn lawn fertilizer on September or October. If you will check with your garden center, they can recommend an appropriate product that you can use. Make it a point to follow the instructions on the product and make sure to water the fertilizer in case no rain falls within 48 hours after it was applied.


There is a constant debate whether the cylinder mowers are the best option than the rotary mowers. If both types are sharp and properly configured, they will perform a good job. To collect the clippings, a grass box is essential while a roller will make stripes and can keep the lawn level. Of course, the decision depends on your allotted budget range and the size of the lawn.

We hope you have found this turf laying guide useful. If you need further assistance please contact us for more advice and information. Don't forget you can also get garden plants, shrubs, soil, compost and more delivered straight to your home. Call us on 020 8421 5977 to find out more about our delivery price and delivery areas or see here for more detail

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