Tips on laying turf

If it’s your first time installing turf, read our top tips on laying turf to achieve the best possible results.

Tips on laying turf Paynes Turf

Tip 1. Prepare the ground

Good ground preparation is paramount to achieving a flat, even lawn when installing turf. New turf requires a good solid foundation in order to flourish, so raking in good quality, nutrient-filled loam will give new turf the best chance of establishing quickly and growing healthily. To find out how to prepare the ground before laying turf, please click here. To order nutrient-rich loam suitable for the job, please click here.

Tip 2. Water the ground

It’s not always necessary, (watering the ground before laying turf is very weather dependent) but giving the ground a good watering the day before laying new turf will provide the roots of the grass with essential moisture, and therefore give it the best possible chance of establishing quickly.

Tip 3. Lay the turf

We harvest your turf the day before delivery so that it arrives fresh and in the best possible condition. It’s therefore very important that turf is laid on the same day as it is delivered – after all, turf is a living, breathing thing. Turf will be delivered in the form of turf rolls and therefore the longer the turf sits around rolled up and without water, the faster it will dry out and deteriorate. Read our turf laying guide here.

Tip 4. Water the turf

Between March and October newly laid turf should be watered immediately upon installation. Continue to water twice a day, or as required, until the roots have firmly established. At other times of the year it may not be necessary to water a new lawn unless the weather is unusually dry. However, always check that the turf and the ground below are moist and watch out for signs of curling, lifting, the formation of gaps, and brown patches. If any of these problems occur, water the turf thoroughly. To check if water has seeped through the turf and into the soil below, lift a corner of the turf and inspect for signs of moisture.

Tip 5. Mow the lawn

It’s important to mow newly laid turf as this will help to establish strong roots. However, don’t attempt to cut the grass until the roots of the turf have firmly attached to the soil below. Check this by pulling up on the grass with your hands; if there is resistance then the turf has established, if the turf comes away easily then the roots of the new turf have yet to attach to the ground below, so place the turf back down and wait for a few days before checking again.