Turf Laying Guide

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Prepare the Ground

  • Clear the ground of all existing turf, weeds & rubbish. Spray weeds with a good quality weedkiller like Roundup (this kills through the roots and won't damage the soil)
  • Rotovate the ground to break up any compaction, aerate and help add fertility. If you don't want to rotovate then turn the soil over with a spade or fork
  • Level the ground. Rake & level the soil out until you are happy to have a good level surface
  • Leave the top 15/25mm soil loose on the top. The ground should look like the picture to the left
  • It is not recommended that you lay sand on top of the soil before you lay the turf. Sand has no nutrients and will be detrimental to the growth of the turf
  • Do not water the ground before laying the turf
  • Do not fertilise the ground, the turf is fed with essential nutrients before being cut
Lay the Turf
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Lay the Turf

Lay the Turf

  • Lay a border of turf round the area to be turfed
  • Use boards to walk on to avoid divots
  • Work up and down the garden rolling out the turf buffing the edges together
  • Make sure the rolls are staggered like brickwork and no two joints are together
  • Tamper the turf down lightly, paying particular attention to the edges
  • Once the turf is laid water well morning and night
  • Bear in mind that the water has to get through the grass, thatch and into the ground below In warm conditions the ground will quickly pull the moisture from the turf
  • Water morning and night until the turf has taken, paying particular attention to the jointsTurf only shrinks for one reason, lack of water
  • Check the turf has taken by trying to turn a corner of the turf it it doesn't lift it has taken
Remember to Water Well and Trim (not scalp) Regularly
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After the Turf is Laid


General Guidance:-
  • Keep off the turf for the first two weeks or until the extensive watering has finished (this includes pets)
  • Walking on the spongy turf will casue divots into the turf
  • Do not let pets foul the new grass. At best, you will get yellow patches or at worst it willl kill the turf on the areas that the animal has fouled
  • For the fist cut, the lawn mower should be set to the highest setting and the lawn 
  • If you scalp the turf, it will die
  • Better to be slightly longer especially in hot weather conditions
  • Use an oscilating sprinkler to water the turf
  • A hand held sprinkler will not water the garden evenly
  • The turf may be fertilised after six weeks with a balanced fertiliser to replace the nutrients that have diminished during the extensive watering
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