Have you thought about laying turf in your garden but not sure where to start? Landscaping your garden with turf can seem like a daunting task, especially if you haven’t done it before. That’s why Essex & Suffolk quality turf supplier, Paynes Turf, has simplified the process with a handy three-step guide.

Step one – preparation

  1. Remove existing turf with a spade or a turf cutter hired from a local builder’s merchant.
  2. Using a garden fork or rotavator, turn over the soil to a depth of 15cm removing stones, weeds and plant roots as you go. 
  3. Rake in additional topsoil if needed. Fresh topsoil is packed with nutrients to give turf the best possible start and will allow you to create a level surface. 
  4. Once the topsoil is raked in, firm down the soil by gently treading with your feet. Use a rake to level out any dips or mounds and repeat this step until the ground is level.

Step 2 – lay the turf

  1. Take a roll of turf, place it against a straight edge and then roll it away from you.
  2. Continue laying the turf rolls, using a board to kneel on as you go. Make sure to butt the edges of the turf tightly together.
  3. Once you’ve laid the first row place the next roll of turf slightly further along so that the turf resembles a brickwork pattern. Use a sharp knife or half-moon edging iron to cut the end of each row.
  4. If any dips appear when laying the turf rolls, peel the turf back and fill with topsoil to level out. Then place the turf back down before continuing with the next one. Exposed edges may dry out so keep them moist with a hose.

Step 3 – water

Newly laid turf needs to be watered regularly, however to what extent will depend on the time of year. Download our turf laying guide to find out more.