Follow the steps below and watch our video, ‘How to create a beautiful lawn,’ for detailed guidance on successfully laying turf.
It helps to think ahead about the shape and size of lawn you are creating, how much turf and topsoil you may need and whether you will need to order 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:
Laying turf is a highly time-sensitive task. Even turf that has been treated with Rolawn’s unique Profresh® technology is perishable and needs to be laid quickly.
Rolawn turf can be laid all year round, however frosty conditions should be avoided and laying turf in extended periods of hot and dry weather will require additional care and attention.
Preparing the ground for turf laying may take some time, but it is time well spent, to create a beautiful, healthy lawn for years to come.
If you have an existing lawn this needs to be removed first. We do not recommend laying turf on existing grass, as this will prevent the new turf from rooting well. It’s also possible for weeds to come through the new turf. The lawn is likely to deteriorate over time if the reason for relaying the lawn is not addressed.
You can use either of the following two options to remove an existing lawn.
Once the area is clear and free of weeds, ensure you have a minimum topsoil depth of 100mm, ideally 150mm, which is levelled and raked to a fine tilth.
Rolawn’s specialist Turf & Lawn Seeding Topsoil provides the ideal base for turf, helping to create the level surface and firm foundation required for laying turf or applying lawn seed. It is blended with GroRight® Lawn Establishment Fertiliser to help ensure your lawn gets off to the best possible start.
Alternatively, a soil improver can be used to enhance existing soil. If you need to purchase topsoil, find out how much you will need using our product calculator. Our Topsoil Technical Advice offers more guidance on how to select and use the right soils.
Levelling is one part of the preparation that it’s really worth getting right to help you get the best performance from Britain’s Finest Turf. Putting in the effort now will pay dividends by creating a level and aesthetically pleasing lawn that is easier to mow and maintain.
If this is the first time you have laid a lawn, you may not realise that when the ground looks level to the eye there are likely to be areas that still need work.
Gently walking up and down the area is the best way to identify irregularities. Through your feet, you can sense the soft and hard ground, dips and raised patches, in a way that is not possible with machinery.
Ideally, you should water the soil a couple of days before your turf arrives. Ensure the soil is moist to a depth of 75mm ready to provide water to the roots of the turf. This also helps the soil to settle and it will need to be raked level again just before the turf arrives.
If you are not using our Turf & Lawn Seeding Topsoil as a base, apply a pre-turfing fertiliser to the soil, incorporating it into the top 25mm of soil, to ensure your new turf is fed properly during its establishment.
As outlined above, it is essential to lay your turf as soon as it is delivered.
Follow our guide to caring for newly laid turf to ensure your new turf establishes quickly for a beautiful and healthy lawn.
Over time, the appearance of your lawn will be affected by its environment and treatment. A healthy lawn requires the right balance of air, food, water and light which can be achieved with an appropriate lawn maintenance programme. For a comprehensive guide please see our Lawn Care pages.
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