It is worth spending time on the preparation of your site before your turf arrives. Once done most of the hard work is over and by following our simple turf laying guide below you’ll be surprised how easy it is to create the perfect lawn.
Make sure you have all the tools you need before the turf arrives. Concisely you will need a shallow tined rake, a couple of boards or planks to work from while you are laying the turf, a sharp knife or spade or an edging iron.
If you are in an area prone to drought or having your turf delivered during a hot dry period then you may wish to consider the addition of water retaining crystals to your soil and rake into the surface. Once water is applied they swell up and retain the moisture near the surface where the newly establishing roots can reach and also reduce the need for watering by up to four times.
Don’t forget to apply your pre-turf fertiliser which ensures that there are sufficient nutrients for the newly establishing turf and assist in rapidly re-developing a healthy root system.
Follow these four simple steps to a perfect lawn:
Place the rolls of turf in a convenient position for laying. Using you rake break up the surface of the soil to form a tilth, pulling the rake towards you. Position your first row of turves, making sure that the ends are butted up very close together. Use your sharp knife to shape the ends and conserve off-cuts for patching in if required.
When the first row is laid, place your plank or board on top. This will do three jobs for you:
Act as a straight edge for your next row.
Avoid indentations made by walking on the newly laid turf
Evenly distribute the compression weight for good soil to turf contact.
Rake the next area to receive turf, using the same pressure and direction on the rake. When starting the next row, start half a turf in to stagger the joins like brickwork. This prevents long gaps if shrinking occurs. When this line is complete, move the planks or boards on to it and carry on this way until the lawn is complete.
Start watering as soon as possible, preferably within an hour of laying. In dry conditions, water morning and evening until well rooted and thereafter as grass indicates requirements.