Laying A Lawn

Laying A Lawn With Turf

Using turf is really the easiest and fastest method for laying a lawn however, you will need to tend to it once it has settled.  This is best done in the end of winter or beginning of spring when the growing season is near yet the ground is not quite dry.

You can lay turf in the end of fall or beginning of winter as well but this becomes a tricky time for laying a lawn because the turf can get waterlogged by the winter rain.  Alternatively, you can also lay them in the late spring and summer but then they need a substantial amount of attention to ensure that they don't dry out.

When using turf for laying a lawn, it needs to be put down no later than 24 hours after delivery and certainly not past 48 hours.  If you wait longer than two days, there is an increased risk of the grass becoming yellow or drying out.  It is also important to not arrange for turf to be delivered unless the area is prepared for their arrival.

Preparing The Site

Laying a lawn with turf will require the area to consist of a well-drained soil.  If your soil is sandy or clay based, you are going to have to invest a bit of work into it.  For heavy clay you will want to add decomposed manure, sharp sand, rotted leaves or garden compost.  Sandy soil, rotted leaves or decomposed manure will improve the moisture retention.

When you begin preparing the soil it should be not wet and not dry but somewhere in the middle.  Begin by digging the area and breaking down large clumps of soil.  A helpful thing to remember is when you dig, you should do so backwards so that you don't interfere with the tread that you just created.  After you are done this step you will want to rake it really good to level it out.

Once you are certain that you have an area that is nice and flat, you can order the turf.  Always have it placed in a shady location that is protected from the sun until you are ready to use it.

Final Steps For Laying A Lawn

When you are ready to lay the turf, you should offer general purpose fertilizer to the entire area and then rake it into the surface soil.  It is easiest if you use some type of garden line for making a straight edge when you are ready to lay down the first piece.  Never rely on a path or wall because chances are, your lawn will not come out straight.

It is extremely important to never run a wheelbarrow right on top of new turf.  If you need a path, lay some planks down and walk on those.


Line up the first turf to your line and then continue to lay each one beside each other.  Never trim the leftover until the entire area has been laid.  If you happen to spot any dips or bumps after you lay the turf, remove that piece, add some soil, rake the area and reapply.  Any gaps can be filled with sharp sand and soil.  After you are done, take a garden roller to the area and trim the pieces that need attention.

General Care

If you are laying a lawn during hot weather, it is essential that you water the turf using a sprinkler which is much gentler than using a garden hose.  During our lawn's first season, you will need to be sure to water it during any dry or hot periods.

It is also helpful to keep pets and children off the lawn for the first season while the turf is recovering and regaining its strength.  Never mow a new lawn until absolutely necessary and set the blades of your mower high for the first few times.

Turf Types

Turf is usually purchased in very heavy rolls.  Meadow grass turf is fairly cheap however, it will contain weeds.  On the positive side, it is a hardy turf so it is ideal for children and pets.

If you are looking for a turf with a higher quality, seeded turf is recommended and will usually not contain any weeds.  Always try to inspect turf before purchasing, looking for a good color and moist soil.  Keep in mind the better quality turf you purchase, the nicer the lawn you will have.