Written by Ivy
Dec 28 2022
It's crucial to schedule turf installation for the day of delivery. Check the forecast as well; if it's going to be a warm day, we advise getting going early. The turf won't dry out as a result of this.
Turf is laid in rolls, making it a fairly simple gardening project. Just unroll it (it's rolled up for easy handling), lay it, and wait for it to take root.
As long as the soil is not frozen or waterlogged, you can lay turf almost any time of the year. The best seasons, in our opinion, are spring and early autumn.
It helps to plan ahead by considering the size and shape of the new lawn you are creating, the potential amount of turf and topsoil needed, and whether you will need to hire a skip to remove any old turf.
Ground preparation should be completed in advance to ensure turf can be laid out within our recommended time frames:
Turf installation requires careful attention to timing. Even turf that has been given Rolawn's specialized Profresh treatment is perishable and requires hasty installation.
Although frosty conditions should be avoided, and prolonged hot and dry weather will require more care and attention, Rolawn turf can be laid all year long.
Recommended tools for laying turf
Only a few tools are needed to lay turf:
If you're replacing an existing lawn, you might also need a rotovator, a turf cutter, or weed killer.
Although preparing the ground for turf installation may take some time, it is time well spent because it will result in a gorgeous, healthy lawn for years to come.
A lawn that is already there needs to be removed first. In order to ensure that the new turf has the best chance of rooting, we do not advise installing it over already-existing grass. Weeds may also penetrate the freshly laid turf. If the issue behind relaying the lawn is not resolved, it is likely that the lawn will deteriorate over time.
An existing lawn can be removed using one of the two methods listed below.
When the area has been cleared of all weeds, make sure the topsoil is leveled and raked to a fine tilth, with a minimum topsoil depth of 100mm and a maximum of 150mm.
In order to create the level surface and sturdy foundation needed for laying turf or spreading lawn seed, Rolawn's specialty Turf & Lawn Seeding Topsoil is the perfect base for turf. It is blended with GroRight® To ensure your lawn has the best possible start, use lawn establishment fertilizer.
Alternately, existing soil can be improved by using a soil improver. Use our product calculator to determine how much topsoil you'll need if you need to buy any. For more information on how to choose and use the best soils, see our Topsoil Technical Advice.
To help you get the best performance out of Britain's Finest Turf, leveling is one preparation step that is really worth getting right. By making the lawn level and aesthetically pleasing now, it will be simpler to mow and maintain in the future.
If this is your first time installing a lawn, you might not be aware that even though the ground appears level to the naked eye, there are probably still some areas that require attention.
The best way to spot irregularities is to slowly walk up and down the area. In a way that is impossible with machinery, you can feel the dips and raised patches, the soft and hard ground, through your feet.
The soil should ideally be watered a few days prior to the arrival of your turf. Make sure the soil is moist to a depth of 75 mm so it can supply water to the turf's roots. This aids in the soil's ability to settle, and it will need to be leveled off once more just before the turf is laid.
To ensure that your new turf is properly fed during its establishment if you are not using our Turf & Lawn Seeding Topsoil as a base, apply a pre-turfing fertiliser to the soil and work it into the top 25mm of soil.
Immediately after it is delivered, as previously mentioned, you must lay your turf.
Your lawn's environment and care will over time have an impact on how it looks. A suitable lawn maintenance program can help to maintain the proper ratio of air, food, water, and light for a healthy lawn. Please refer to our Lawn Care pages for a detailed guide.
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To establish roots and get off to a strong start, freshly laid turf needs to be well watered. Depending on what time of year you install the turf, you'll need to water it more frequently; the summer requires a lot more water.
Having been properly fed, a lawn is healthy.
The timing of the first mow can vary depending on what time of year you lay your lawn, but generally speaking, the turf should be prepared two weeks after laying.
For experienced turf installers they'll have your new lawn laid in no time, but for the DIY, handyman or homeowner, you should allow approximately 2 to 2½ hours per 50m² of turf rolls.
Clay soils need to have their soil structure improved before turf can be installed. This can be done by installing a drainage system and capping the area with light top soil (50mm or more), or incorporating plenty of sand into your soil (80% of the resulting soil should be sand).