How to Lay Turf Rolls
A lush green lawn makes all the difference to any garden space or yard. It offers a facelift to any bare area needing a bit of a lift. On a larger scale, golf courses, parks and council grounds require high quality lawns for both comfort and ease-of-use. However, for longevity and to maintain the aesthetic value of a lawn it must be treated, fertilized and cared for. Without the right care at the outset, the grass will start to rot underneath preventing the roots from bedding down into the soil, and consequently the grass will die. BUT with the right care in those early days your lawn will grow and thrive – giving you enjoyment for many years to come.
Our team at Greener Lawn will help you to achieve a healthy lawn that adds value and enhances the appearance of your property – whether commercial or residential.
Laying turf rolls is one of the most efficient and effective ways of improving the appearance of an outdoor space – and it’s easy to achieve! Below is a guideline to get you started. Of course, you are welcome to contact the team at Greener Lawn for more information and assistance in laying turf and maintaining your lawn.
To being with, you need some basic tools: a wheelbarrow, a sharp knife, a spade and a rake.
Preparing the Soil
Before laying the turf rolls, the ground must undergo some preparation to ensure that the root system is given the best opportunity to establish. Soil preparation is crucial to the lifespan of the turf and while it might be tempting to skip this step, it is well worth it in the long run.
The process begins with getting rid of weeds and existing grass. This is achieved by using a good weed spray or herbicide 7 to 10 days prior to further ground preparation.
If there is rubble or general debris, this must also be removed. The ground should then be cultivated to a depth of 15 cm – or about 6 inches. Use a rake to level the ground and apply some starter fertilizer (available from Greener Lawn), lightly raking it in to the soil. It is advisable to check the acidity of the soil using an inexpensive pH testing kit – available from most hardware stores. The Ideal soil pH for turf is 5.5 to 6.5.
For the best results, we advise that you add topsoil (70% Sand/30% Soil mix) at a depth of 100-150mm. Topsoil can be purchased from your local landscape or nursery supplier. It should be spread over the entire area and levelled using a metal rake. If the topsoil does not contain added fertiliser, apply some at this point, lightly raking it in.
Laying the Turf
Use a builder’s line, string or line marking paint to outline the area over which you will lay the turf rolls. Begin laying your turf rolls against pathways, garden edges and building lines to form a border. Fill in the area using a brick pattern with rolls staggered and parallel to each other. In order to cut the rolls to size, use a knife or a sharp blade. Push the ends of the turf rolls together without stretching them. Lay the turf rolls across any slopes and trim excess turf at outside borders using a knife or spade.
To give your turf rolls even contact with the soil, roll your newly laid lawn with a turf roller – available from your local hire store.
Fill any gaps between the turf rolls with topsoil. If necessary, lay turf off-cuts into larger gaps.
Watering your New Lawn
Within 30 minutes of laying your turf rolls, water thoroughly. Continue watering twice a week for two weeks and then reduce the frequency to once a week
Maintaining your New Lawn
Having an amazingly green and healthy lawn is not complete without good maintenance. When mowing your lawn for the first time, use a high cutting depth so as not to damage the roll edges. Subsequently, the cutting depth can be lowered. The frequency with which you will need to mow your lawn depends on the variety of turf, the quality of the soil, how often you water and fertilise your lawn, and of course, the season.
Keeping a lawn healthy requires fertilization. Fertilise your lawn twice in spring (September & October) and twice in autumn ( March & April). The team at Greener Lawn can recommend the best fertiliser for your circumstance.
It is best to water your lawn in the morning. The frequency of watering depends on the season and climate but as a general rule, you should not water every day as this results in a shallow root system. Ideally, a lawn should be watered twice a week in summer and much less often in winter. The team at Greener Lawn can offer you advice on how best to water your lawn.
Insecticides should be used only when the need arises. Please see our FAQs on how to treat your lawn for Army grubs.
If you require advice on how to prepare your soil, lay your turf or maintain your lawn, please contact our expert team at Greener Lawn.
With the help of Greener Lawn, you can keep your lawn healthy and luxurious!