Start off the New Year with a new lawn

At the start of a brand new year it’s natural to want to upgrade your wardrobe, renew that tired old sofa, or even splash out on a new kitchen. But have you thought about installing a new lawn? Giving your lawn and garden a makeover will provide you and your family with a reason to get out in the fresh air, have fun with family BBQs, parties, or simply just to enjoy your garden. So what’s the best way to go about installing a new lawn? Find out with tips from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.

New year - new lawn? Paynes Turf

Contrary to popular belief, turf can be laid all year round providing the soil isn’t waterlogged or frost, snow or ice is present. Laying turf is relatively simple, and can be carried out by anyone that is fairly fit. Or course, you can leave the job to a professional landscaper if you prefer. Here we’ll outline the main steps which will allow you to install a beautiful new lawn:

  1. Prepare the ground: Remove the existing lawn with a shovel and cut out the old turves. Turn over the soil to a depth of 15cm and remove any stones, weeds, or other debris. To find out how to prepare the ground before laying turf in more detail, please click here.
  2. Apply a pre-turf fertiliser over the entire area, following the manufacturer’s instructions, and rake over the soil until it is level. Firm the ground using a roller or simply walk over the soil using small steps. Be careful not to compact the soil. Repeat the process again making sure the surface is level and firm, but not compacted.
  3. Measure the lawn area and order the turf. Ask for a delivery time in the morning so that the turf can be installed on the same day.
  4. The day before your turf is delivered, water the lawn well.
  5. Upon delivery of the turf, unroll the turf rolls and store in a shady area. During the winter months there shouldn’t be any need to water the turf, but bear in mind that during the warmer months you will need to water the turf in order to keep it moist.
  6. Begin by laying the turf along a straight edge, rolling the turf away from you. Use a board to kneel on so you don’t damage the turf.
  7. Start the second line, staggering the joints in a brickwork pattern.
  8. Push the edges of the turf together as you go, but take care not to stretch the turf. Use a knife or half moon edging tool to cut the turf.
  9. As soon as you have finished laying the new turf, water it immediately and give it a really good soaking. Lift a corner of the turf to check if the water has seeped right through to the soil below.
  10. Water the new turf every day until it has firmly established. You can check this by trying to lift the grass; if the turf pulls away easily then it has not yet established, however if there is resistance the turf has rooted.