Turfing your new lawn
If you are going down the route of turfing your lawn, there are a few things to consider. Is the
root zone the turf was grown on similar to yours, what type of grass does the turf consist of, is
the quality of turf what you expect it to be and what is the size of each turf
Laying the turf
The ideal time for laying turf is between October and February, but it can be laid any time of
the year. If it is laid during the summer months it will need a lot of water to help with
establishment and to stop it drying out. Avoid days when the ground is frozen or waterlogged for
laying turf. Ideally pick a day when the soil is fairly dry but this is not as critical as seeding.
It is always better to order a little extra turf than is actually required as there will be some
waste and off cuts.
It is best to lay the turf as soon as possible after delivery as the turf can suffer if left
rolled up to long especially during the summer.
Start laying along a the nearest side of the lawn, ideally on a straight edge. The turf should
be laid in end to end in rows. Each row should be staggered in brickwork fashion so the joins in
the previous row don't meet each other. This means starting every other row with a half length of
turf to eliminate the joins meeting.
While laying the turf it is important not to walk on previously laid turf, always use boards or
planks to walk on. As the turf is laid it can be lightly firmed down using the back of a flat rake
head. Never hit it with a spade. For any turf that need cutting use a half moon or edging iron that
If the turf is laid in the spring or summer it may need watering on a regular basis to help it
establish and to stop the turf drying out and shrinking. Give the turf enough water so that it
soaks through turf into the root zone underneath but don't over water so the turf is flooded.
Again if the turf was laid in the growing season it will need mowing when necessary. Turf can be
mown about a week after laying, aim to just top the lawn to begin with using a small rotary mower
or flymo. During the first few weeks try and keep off the turf, so only mow when necessary and make
sure the ground is firm whilst mowing at this early stage.
If the turf was laid during the autumn or winter months there will be less initial maintenance
as the growth is slow during this period. However once into the growing season the turf should have
rooted and firmed up well leaving you with a new established lawn.
Which ever route you choose the success of lawn will depend on you site preparation and
especially your maintenance program after the lawn is established. You can purchase the finest
grade turf but if the correct site preparation and maintenance program are not adhered to you lawn
can quickly deteriorate.