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.