How to Lay Lawn Turf

Take a look at our guide to preparing and laying lawn turf :


You should only order your turf when you are ready to lay it. Be sure that you have carried out all soil preparations necessary before your turf arrives. This is so that you can avoid having you turf being left rolled up for any longer than is necessary. On delivery stack the rolls in a cool position out of the sun. For best results you should have your turf delivered either on the day or the day before you lay it.


Preparing The Ground

Firstly you will need to dig over the site either by hand or use a Rotivator to break up the soil and any big lumps. If the soil is in a very bad condition or you need to significantly raise the level you may need to add some topsoil. It’s important for turf to be laid on an even surface, so consolidate the soil. You can do this by using a light roll or alternatively by walking up and down heavily on the heel of your shoe, then again from side to side, covering the entire area.

Use a wide rake to produce a fine surface tilth to the soil. Check that the surface is even across the whole site, with no bumps or hollows. Use a plank of wood to check this. To encourage strong lawn growth you can sprinkle a base fertiliser evenly on the soil. Choose a slow-release organic feed or a fertiliser. Rake lightly into the soil.

Turf won’t root into dry, hard soil, so water the entire garden if the weather is dry. A fine nozzle attached to the hose makes this easier.

Note that preparing the soil properly is a crucial part of the process!


Laying Turf

Starting along one edge, slowly unroll the first roll of turf, setting the edge exactly. Once unrolled, tamp down firmly with the back of a rake to settle the roots into the soil. You can also use planks of wood to help tamp down the turf. It is important that you do this well as it will help the turf to root into the soil.

Continue unrolling the Oakley Turf, butting each length of turf tightly up against the previous one. Use the teeth of the rake to pull or push the turf into position before firmly tamping it down.

Continue until the entire area is covered with Oakley Turf. Ensure that rolls of turf are laid in a pattern like bricks, so joins don’t all fall in line, but are offset against one another. This is easily done by starting every other line with a half roll.

Oakley Turf can be run beyond the edge of the lawn, then cut back to create a pristine line. Use a straight-edged board and edging iron to trim it, pushing down to ensure a clean cut. Fill any gaps with off-cuts.


Finished Lawn

Once all the turf has been laid the most important thing to do is to set up a sprinkler. It is essential for a new lawn to develop that it is watered regularly. Try Ensure to keep your Oakley Turf thoroughly watered for the first four weeks to ensure a green strong lawn. Try  not to walk on your newly laid Oakley Turf, for at least 14 days or until it has rooted down into the soil. Walk on boards if necessary. Give the grass frequent trims once it starts growing, using a light mower, such as a hover mower, rather than a heavy model. Keep the blades set high to start with, never cutting too short, and collect all the clippings.