It isn’t, we promise. This guide was made to show how simple the process of laying turf is. We will break each step down and address common issues that are faced by new and eager gardeners.
The first thing you need to work out is how much turf you would need. Try and measure the area you wish to lay turf on in meters as the majority of turf is sold in square meters (m²).
Alternatively, we have a Turf Calculator that you can choose which measurements you would like to use and it will be converted and calculated for you!
Remember that turf needs laying within 24 hours of receiving it. Even in cold weather we strongly suggest laying it as soon as possible.
Preparing your ground for laying turf is easily the most important step and will be slightly time consuming. However, the more effort you put in here, the better your lawn will look!
Now you should have a rough but broken up soil bed.
The soil now needs compacting and raking level with a wide turfing rake, this is a very important stage as it will break up the soil clumps and lumps, making leveling much easier.
Top Tip – Turfing rakes usually have a flat side as well as a spiked side, use the flat sid to smooth out the top surface, your soil should be firm enough so that you do not sink into it more than half an inch or so when you walk on it.
Once you're happy with the level and the firmness of the soil surface you can give it a final rake over. You are nearly ready to lay the turf!
Following this guide, you should now have a nice smooth and level soil bed and your fresh turf should have been delivered. You can now apply and pre turfing fertilisers, if you have any or need any.
Once you have finished laying your turf you will need to give it a good soaking with a hose pipe, your turf will now need watering daily and try to keep off the turf until the roots and bedded into the soil.
After about 10 days you should check it see if the roots have bedded, into the topsoil. To do this just lift the corner of a roll of turf. You should be able to see fresh white roots extending down from the turf into the soil.
Once the turf is established properly, you can reduce the watering frequency and start to walk on the turf!