Laying turf

How to lay lawn turf

Find out how to lay lawn turf with the help of our practical guide.

Do it:

Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct

Takes just:

a weekend

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug

Laying lawn turf is the simplest way to create a new lawn.

It is more expensive than sowing grass seed, but it means you'll have an instant, usable area of lawn with no weeds or moss to spoil the effect.

It's worth taking the time to prepare the ground before you lay your turf - found out how to prepare the ground for a new lawn.

The best time to lay turf is during spring or autumn, when plenty of rain will help the new grass establish roots in time for summer sun or winter frosts.

You can also use turf to repair the edge of a lawn - find out how to repair the edge of a lawn.

Find out how to lay a new lawn in our practical guide.

You will need

  • Turf
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Spade
  • Topsoil
  • Rake
  • Sharp knife
  • Watering can or hosepipe

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Spread a general-purpose fertiliser over the ground one week before laying the turf. Prepare the area, levelling the ground and removing big stones. If the surface is uneven, wheelbarrow in some topsoil, pour it on top and even it out with a rake.

Firm the soil surface by walking up and down on it taking small, heavy steps. Fill any freshly-created dips with topsoil and compress again with your feet. Give the surface a final rake over.

Lay the turves on the soil, staggering the joints like brickwork and overlapping them slightly. If it's a big area, work off a plank of wood to avoid walking on the turf. 

Laying lawn turf is the simplest way to create a new lawn.


To create a clean edge, cut off any excess turf with a spade or sharp knife. Bang the turves all over with the back of the rake to ensure they make contact with the soil before giving the whole area a good water.

It will take a few weeks for your lawn to establish and in that time it's essential you don't let the turves dry out; so water them regularly. Start mowing when the grass is 2.5cm - 5cm high, never removing more than one third of the total height of the grass at a time.

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