EASY step-by-steps TO TURF LAYING
Gather your supplies
• Turf underlay soil • Turf-starter fertiliser • Rolls of turf
You’ll also need
Shovel or hoe; rake; sharp knife; lawn roller (optional)
FOR YOU TO NOTE
These instructions use manual equipment for the initial soil preparation. If you have a large area to re-turf, you can hire a turf-cutter to remove the existing grass, and a rotary hoe to turn the soil over.
STEP 1 Remove all existing turf and, using a shovel or hoe, turn over the topsoil to a depth of about 10cm. Remove any loose stones, roots or rubble. So that the lawn will end up level with other hardscaped areas of the garden (such as paths and patios), excavate sufficient soil to allow for the depth of the turf, plus a layer of turf underlay soil. STEP 2 Spread turf underlay soil over the area, then rake it level. Scatter a turf-starter fertiliser over the entire soil surface.
STEP 3 Starting from a straight edge (such as along a path or garden bed), lay the first roll of turf, carefully unrolling it so you don’t tear it. Continue across the area, pressing each roll up against the previous one, and staggering the end joins, just as you do with paving. It’s a good idea to stand on a plank as you work, so you don’t disturb your levelled soil bed.
STEP 4 Use a sharp knife to cut the turf to fit around objects, or when you reach the perimeters of the garden.
STEP 5 Press the turf into contact with the soil bed by walking over it, taking extra care to press down well along the joins. Alternatively, hire a lawn roller for this purpose.
STEP 6 Finally, water the turf thoroughly immediately after laying. Water your new lawn every day or two for at least the first 4 weeks, while the turf roots are binding with the soil below, and continue to water frequently if the weather is hot. Once well established, lawns can survive on just one watering per week for much of the year.
3 Water new turf lawns regularly while they’re establishing, allowing for any local water restrictions which might apply.