Laying turf tips

Laying turf is fairly straightforward but it’s always best to be armed with all the tips and tricks available before attempting to lay it. Here’s our very best laying turf tips to get you the best results possible.

 Tip: Prepare the ground well

The most important job to do before laying turf is to ensure that the ground has been prepared correctly. Good ground prep is essential to achieving a flat, even lawn. Find out how to best prepare the ground for laying new turf here.

Tip: Rake in quality loam

If the soil in your prepped area is not of the best quality, it’s a good idea to rake in a good quality nutrient-filled loam to give the new turf the very best chance of establishing quickly. Buy our top quality loam here.

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 Tip: Water the ground

It’s not always necessary to water the ground before laying new turf, but in very warm and dry weather it’s certainly a great idea. Give the prepared ground a thorough soaking using a hosepipe the night before laying the new turf.

Tip: Lay turf on the day of delivery

Always lay your turf on the same day that it is delivered. Turf will soon begin to dry out and deteriorate if it is stored for any length of time. Treat new turf with care – it is a living, breathing thing! Find out how to lay turf here.

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Tip: Water newly laid turf

Water new turf as soon as it has been laid, especially between the months of March and October. 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 the turf. Always check that water has seeped through to the soil below – simply lift a corner of the turf to check. Watch out for signs of the turf curling and lifting, and the formation of brown patches and gaps; water immediately if any of these problems occur.

Tip: Mow

Mowing the new turf will help to encourage the growth of strong roots. As soon as the turf has established, the new turf can be mowed. To check this, pull up on the grass with your hands; if there is resistance then the roots of the turf have attached to the ground below and the grass can be cut. If the turf pulls away easily, place it back down and wait for a few days before trying again.