Spring is the ideal time to lay a new lawn, with almost guaranteed rainfall and warmer conditions. As the temperatures start to rise, the soil warms up making it ideal to lay turf. Find out how to lay turf and create a stunning new lawn with handy advice from Paynes Turf.
Prepare the ground
Good preparation is the key to a beautifully laid lawn. Start by removing the existing turf – undercut using a spade. Dig over the area with a garden fork or a rotavator and ensure that all roots, weeds and debris are removed. Rake over the soil until the surface is flat and even, then tread lightly over the ground to gently firm the soil. Repeat the raking and firming process one more time. Spread good quality topsoil over the area to help provide the turf with essential nutrients to encourage strong growth. Finally, give the ground a good watering.
Lay the turf
Begin laying the turf along a straight edge if you have one, or use a long plank of wood as a straight edge. Butt the edges of the turf together to create a tight join but don’t stretch the turf. Work across the area, staggering the turves in a brickwork pattern as you lay them. To prevent damage to the turf, use a plank of wood to kneel on as you work. Cut the edges of the turf with a sharp long bladed knife, and fill in gaps with a fine grade soil.
Water the lawn
It is essential that the lawn is watered thoroughly within half an hour of laying. After watering, check the water has seeped right through to the soil below by lifting the corner of the turf. Water every day for at least 2 weeks, preferably early in the morning or late in the evening.