Laying Turf: A Step-by-Step Guide

To get the best practice of laying turf, you should know how to lay turf in a way that's easy and stressless. Read on to find out more!

1) Mark out the area

To prepare yourself for laying turf, you should mark out an area on which you plan to lay the turf. You can either use wooden pegs or string to mark the perimeter depending on your preferred method.

2) Lay down fertiliser

Before you lay down turf, you should lay down fertiliser, which means adding compost or manure to your soil. Compost is preferable, but if you don't have any, manure will be okay too. If you find that the soil is acidic, it would be best to add either lime or wood ash instead of compost.

3) Compress the soil

After you've laid down fertiliser, compress the soil by walking over it. You can use a roller to aid in compressing the soil and make it more solid. If your turf is dense enough, you can skip this step and go straight on to laying the turf. Otherwise, continue with the next step.

4) Lay down the turf

Lay down turf sections by gently unrolling it. If you find that the soil is still loose, compress it again or wait for it to solidify before laying down your turf.

5) Tidy up the edges of the turf

Once you've laid down your turf, remove any excess soil from the area. Use a rake to achieve this step. Tidy up the edges of your turf to make it look like a green carpet. Use either a lawn edger or simply roll over the area with your feet in order to tidy it up and give it a cleaner look.

6) Water the turf

Water your new turf in until it fully beds in. This will take a few weeks, but you can speed up the process by using a sprinkler. Once you've watered it, spread some manure and lightly work it into the soil. As your turf beds in over time, the grass roots will get stronger and more established. You should not mow the turf until you are confident that it has established itself.

If you would like to find out more about laying new turf, you should contact a turf supplier today. A member of their staff will be happy to offer you further help and advice relating to this subject.