a roll of turf being applied to a prepared surface.

The Secrets to Laying Turf


Welcome to this week's blog where I'll be sharing some insider tips on how to lay turf effectively. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced gardener, this quick guide will provide you with the knowledge you need to ensure your turf is laid evenly and looks great for months and years to come. So let's get started!

Equipment Needed

Before we dive into the process of laying turf, let's take a look at the essential equipment you'll need:

  • Turf and topsoil from a quality provider - ours is from Quality Garden Supplies (QGS)
  • Lawn levelling tools such as a lawn loot and landscaping rake
  • A big shovel and wheel barrow for moving the topsoil
  • Pre-seed fertiliser for promoting root growth
  • A bread knife for cutting the turf to size

Now that we have all our equipment ready, let's move on to the next steps.

Preparing the Area

The first step in laying turf is to prepare the area where it will be placed. Start by removing any existing plants or debris from the site. Once the area is clear, use a fork to turn over the soil and create a level surface.

Levelling the Soil

Now it's time to level the soil. Use your landscaping rake to even out any bumps or uneven areas. For larger areas, a broad rake with big teeth will be helpful. Remember, you don't need a perfectly flat surface, especially for a family lawn. Just focus on creating a fairly level base for the turf.

Applying Topsoil and Fertiliser

Once the soil is levelled, it's time to add the topsoil. Spread it evenly across the area, making sure to cover the entire surface. This will provide a nutritious base for the turf to thrive.

Next, sprinkle the pre-seed fertiliser over the topsoil. This special fertilizer contains a high amount of phosphorus, which will help the roots of the new turf develop well in the soil. Good root/soil contact is crucial for successful turf growth, so make sure to apply the fertiliser at around 35g per square metre..

Laying the Turf

Now comes the exciting part - laying the turf! Start by unrolling the turf and placing it on the prepared area. Make sure to get the turf delivered as close to the laying point as possible, and avoid leaving it rolled up for more than a couple of days. Let the turf breathe by exposing it to sunlight and give it a light watering if needed.

When laying the turf, use a brick bond pattern. This means staggering the edges so they dont all line up. Overlapping can cause issues in the long run, so make sure the edge are snug, but not overlapping. Once the turf is in place, press it firmly into the soil to ensure good root-to-soil contact. You can use a bread knife to trim any excess turf and create clean edges.

Maintaining the Turf

After laying the turf, it's important to take proper care of it to ensure successful growth. Avoid walking on the turf for the first couple of weeks to allow the roots to establish themselves. Instead, water the turf twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. This will encourage the roots to grow down into the soil, creating a strong foundation for the turf.

Keep a close eye on the turf and test its readiness by trying to lift a corner. If the turf stays firmly in place, it means the roots have taken hold and the turf is ready for its first cut. Additionally, if you notice any small gaps or edges, avoid piecing them together with small off-cuts as these smaller pieces will dry out, shrink and fail to root. Instead, keep the pieces as large as possible to maintain the overall health of the turf.


Laying turf doesn't have to be a daunting task. With the right equipment and a few key steps, you can successfully lay turf that will transform your garden into a beautiful and inviting space. Remember to prepare the area, level the soil, apply topsoil and fertiliser, and carefully lay the turf. With regular watering and maintenance, your turf will flourish and provide years of enjoyment. So, why not give it a try and experience the satisfaction of a job well done!

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