Tools needed to lay turf
- Turf (top tips on calculating quantities below)
- Garden hose
- Topsoil – optional
When turf can be laid
Turf can be laid all year round. Frosty conditions should be avoided and laying turf in extended periods of hot and dry weather will require additional care and attention. It’s usually best to avoid the height of summer when laying new turf if you live in areas often hit by a hosepipe ban. New turf needs frequent watering – not easy if you can’t use your garden tap!
Calculating how much turf you need to order isn’t as tricky as you might think:
- Draw a sketch of the area you want to lay turf on to.
- Draw rectangles over your sketch (they should not overlap). Do this even if your lawn is a circular or oval shape.
- Whilst standing in the area due to be turfed, mark out the corners of your rectangles on the ground. In the case of an irregular shaped lawn, adapt the rectangles as closely as possible to the shape of the lawn.
- Measure and record on your sketch, the lengths and widths of all your rectangles.
- Calculate the area of each rectangle: length (metres) X width (metres) = area (sq. metres).
- Add together the areas of all rectangles. This is approximately the amount of turf you will need.
- Add 5% extra for shaping, cutting and waste.
Preparing your garden for laying turf
New turf will grow best when your soil is prepared in such a way which encourages deep, rapid rooting. Buying excellent quality turf is not enough on its own to ensure a beautiful lawn – you must prepare your soil too. Poor soil and poor soil preparation will cause the turf to decline and may even result in the death of the turf. Mixing in a pre-turfing fertiliser and adding water to your soil prior to laying the turf will ensure successful establishment.