Repairing your lawn using turf rolls

Repairing your lawn can be a quick and easy job, especially when applying grass seed to the damaged areas. However, for larger areas re-laying turf may be the only option, depending upon the severity of the damage. Find out how to repair your lawn with helpful hints and tips from Essex turf and topsoil supplier, Paynes Turf.

Repairing your lawn Paynes Turf

Using turf is the best way to get instant results when repairing your lawn

Bald patches can occur from time to time on lawns. Heavy footfall, ball games, and pets can often cause quite significant damage to an otherwise well looked after lawn. The good news is that repairing your lawn is relatively fast and easy to do.

What you’ll need

To repair a lawn using new turf, you’ll need the following equipment:

  • Garden spade
  • Garden fork
  • Half-moon edging tool
  • Garden rake
  • Stiff brush or broom
  • Turf rolls
  • Hosepipe or sprinkler

How to repair a lawn using turf

  1. Cut a section of turf from the roll just slightly larger than the damaged area, and place it on top of the damaged section.
  2. Use the half moon edging tool to cut around the edge of the turf (going against the edge of the new turf and into the soil below). This will ensure that the new section of turf fits exactly into the hole.
  3. Set aside the section of new turf, and then use the garden spade to lift the section of damaged lawn – push the spade into the soil and then cut horizontally under the soil to remove the damaged turf.
  4. Turn over the soil using the garden fork, and mix in a little fresh topsoil – this will help the turf to establish faster – and then flatten down with the rake to ensure the ground is even.
  5. Lay the pre-cut section of new turf in the hole, and fill in any gaps there may be around the edges by brushing in a little topsoil.
  6. Water the turf thoroughly using a hosepipe or sprinkler, making sure that the water seeps right through to the ground below. Water every day for a couple of weeks, or until the new turf establishes.