Tips & Useful Advice

TURF LAYING TIPS

MEASURING AND LAYING

Measure the dimensions of your area allowing approximately 5% extra for shaped areas where extra trimming is required. If you are unsure of your requirements use our turf calculator. Ensure that all preparatory work is completed before ordering.

GROUND PREPARATION

Good preparation is key to the quality of your lawn. Existing turf should be removed with a spade. For larger areas you may wish to hire a purpose-designed turf cutter. The soil then needs to be turned to an approximate depth of 15cm (6”) with a spade or powered cultivator. The area must be cleared of stones, weeds, old turf and any other debris. Topsoil can be added to build up levels or to improve the quality of the existing soil. If you are unsure of your topsoil requirements use our calculator. The ground should be raked to produce a smooth, level surface. Take time to ensure an evenly firm and level area. The area should be firm but not compacted. You are now ready to lay your turf.

LAYING TURF

Always lay turf as soon as possible, ideally within twenty four hours of delivery. In hot weather keep turf in the shade. Never walk directly on the prepared soil or newly-laid turf. Use boards or planks to work from and walk on. Start by laying the first strip around the perimeter of the lawn. Avoid using small pieces around the edges as these may dry out and perish. It is vital that the underside of the new turf has full contact with the soil below. Lay the next strip across the longest straight run and continue to work across the lawn, strip by strip, producing a pattern similar to brickwork. Butt adjoining edges and ends against each other but do not stretch the turf. Overlapping pieces at the end of rows need to be cut with a sharp knife or half-moon lawn edger.

WATERING

All newly laid turf should be watered thoroughly ideally within half an hour of installation. Every piece of turf needs at least two hours of constant watering per day, increasing during periods of hot,dry or windy weather. Water immediately and profusely on any sight of turf drying out e.g. gaps, lifting, browning or curling.

FEEDING

Do not feed when first laid as a full care routine including feeding has already been carried out. During the growing season feed using a balanced fertilizer containing similar levels of nitrogen, phosphate and potash. For best results follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding application.

MOWING

As soon as your new lawn has rooted properly you can mow it. Check this by lifting a corner and see that the roots are attached to the soil. For the first mowings set the mower to its highest setting to avoid stressing the grass. Mow regularly, each time removing no more than one third of the grass height. Once the lawn is fully established, the height of cut can be reduced gradually to an optimum height of 15mm-35mm. Take care to avoid scalping and do not leave grass short over winter months.