Laying Turf FAQs

A well laid lawn, that enhances the appearance of your garden and home, is the ambition of many gardeners. There's still time to lay turf before any hot dry weather arrives and Andy Taylor answers some of the questions that are most frequently asked on this subject.

Created by Andrew Taylor on Friday, 8th of April, 2016.
Updated on Thursday, 9th of February, 2017.


Laying Turf FAQs

When is the best time of the year to lay turf?

Autumn is the most favourable time, as the earth is still warm and plenty of rain will normally fall over the winter. Spring is an alternative but, if there is a lack of rain, have a hosepipe ready.

Does the type of soil matter?

About 6ins of good quality top soil is required, and if this is lacking you should consider buying top soil, preferably sandy loam that offers effective drainage and nutrients, from a reputable supplier.

What preparations are required?

Preparation is very important. Any existing grass and weeds should be removed, either by hand or the application of weedkiller.
Dig the earth over, removing any large stones and breaking up clods. Then level by raking and lightly firm the surface by walking over it.
Water before the turf is delivered to settle the surface and provide moisture for the roots. Then rake again adding a granular fertilizer. 

What type of turf should I choose?

Good quality turf raised from seed is best, choose the type that most suits your usage and location. For example, hardwearing turf will contain ryegrass to cope with high traffic, other turf is much finer   purely for landscaping. If you live in area where rainfall is low, choose turf which has greater drought tolerance.

How do I calculate the amount of turf I need?

Most standard rolls of turf will cover one square metre. So multiply the length x width of the location and add about 5% to be sure.

How quickly do I need to lay the turf?

As soon as you can. When the rolls arrive store them in the shade and make sure they do not dry out. If possible lay on the delivery day.

What's the best way to lay turf?

It's always best to lay the first rolls along a straight edge. Firm down with a rake and make sure the ends of the rolls are butted up against each other but don't stretch them. Stagger the rolls like brickwork. Cut the turf to size with a utility knife and then trim the edges with a half moon. 

After laying the turf, does it need watering?

Definitely, and for a further few days. Make sure the grass does not dry out until it is established.  

When can I mow the lawn for the first time?

Mowing will help the lawn become established. So cut the grass within the first week but keep the blades fairly high, low them with each cut and alternate the direction in which you cut each time.

Turf and topsoil can be bought from GardenSite

Related Articles

Leanne From Kelkay Receives GardenSite's Excellent Customer Service Award

Leanne From Kelkay Receives GardenSite's Excellent Customer Service Award

GardenSite partner, David Coton, is pleased to announce that Leanne Arrowsmith from Kelkay is the latest recipient of our Excellent Customer Service Award.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 18th of August, 2017.

Forest Launch Noise Reduction Fence Panels

Forest Launch Noise Reduction Fence Panels

With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different forms of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Monday, 13th of November, 2017.

Grange Announce New Timber Products For 2017

Grange Announce New Timber Products For 2017

Grange are introducing several new fence panels and gates in 2017 and Andy Taylor has been looking at these fresh additions to their already impressive collection of timber products.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Friday, 13th of January, 2017.

Grange Adjustable Screen Featured on Love Your Garden

Grange Adjustable Screen Featured on Love Your Garden

The Love Your Garden Team travelled to Durham for their latest project and Nathan James Dodd saw them use another Grange timber product as an integral part of the renovated garden

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 3rd of August, 2016.

comments powered by Disqus

RSS

View RSS Feed

Author

Andrew Taylor Andrew Taylor

View Profile

Follow Us!

Recent Articles

Grange Launch Their New Products For 2018

Grange Launch Their New Products For 2018

David Coton was recently invited to the exclusive launch of Grange's new products for 2018, the result of significant investment that the garden structures and fencing firm have received from their Polish parent company.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 30th of October, 2017.

What To Do In The Garden In November

What To Do In The Garden In November

David Coton suggests that there are plenty of gardening jobs that need to be done in November, from why you shouldn't throw away your fallen leaves to how to take care of your vegetable patch.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 27th of October, 2017.

What To Do In The Garden In October

What To Do In The Garden In October

In October, David Coton is getting the garden prepared for the onset of colder weather but, at the same time, the arrival of spring bulbs in the garden centre is a reminder that you should also now be planning ahead for next year.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 2nd of October, 2017.

VegTrug - The Easy Way To Grow Your Own Vegetables

VegTrug - The Easy Way To Grow Your Own Vegetables

At GLEE this year David Coton visited the VegTrug stand to find out how their specially designed space saving planters can encourage us to grow more of our own food without the use of pesticides.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 14th of September, 2017.