Turf Online’s Turf & Turf Care FAQs 

Q: How thick is the turf cut?

A: The soil on the back of the turf is cut approximately half an inch thick.

Q: Can I lay turf directly on top of my old worn-out lawn?

A: “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well”. The soil should be prepared as if for seedbed for the best results. Click here for our top tips. 

Q: How deep should the soil be beneath the turf?

A: We would recommend a minimum of 4 – 6” (10 – 15cm) of good quality, free-draining, fertile soil.

Q: Why do you recommend using pre-turfing fertiliser?

A: When the turf is harvested, the roots are removed. By adding nutrients to the soil you are encouraging rapid re-establishment of the elaborate root system which is crucial to the health of your new lawn. The roots absorb water and nutrients from the soil.

Q: Why should I apply fertiliser to my lawn?

A: Turf is alive and like all living things, it requires water, food and oxygen. By feeding the lawn, you give it the best chance of becoming strong and healthy. It will build immunity against wear and tear, diseases and weeds, and it will be more capable at fending off pests. To learn how to ward off turf pests, click here.

Q: Do you deliver to my area?

A: We deliver to almost all UK addresses except some areas in the Highlands and Islands. This is because we are unable to arrive the next day and therefore we wouldn’t be able to deliver fresh turf. However, if you would like further confidence, contact us here.

Q: How often should I water my turf?

A: You should water your turf daily, both in the morning and evening for the first week to 10 days, or until the roots have established in your soil. You can check by lifting a corner of the turf to see if it is adhering to the soil. Once rooted, water occasionally as the weather dictates.

Q: When should I mow the lawn?

A: Once the turf has rooted and is clearly rooted in the soil when you try to lift a corner, you can set your mower to its highest setting and clip the top growth. Don’t remove more than 25% of the grass plant with the first cut. Gradually reduce the height with each subsequent cut to the height you like to maintain your lawn.

Q: When is the best time of year to lay a new lawn?

A: We supply all year round, but we consider the best seasons for delivery to be spring and autumn when the weather is cooler, the turf is still growing and there is less risk of drying out. Nonetheless, you can still get good results in summer and winter.

Q: How long can the turf be left before I lay it?

A: We recommend that you have the turf delivered on the day you intend to lay it. If you don’t get it all laid on the day, make sure you unroll any remaining turf so that it is revealed to the open air. This will keep it healthy.

Q: How to lay turf?

A: Turf Online has created an in-depth, comprehensive guide for laying turf. Click here to find it.