Frequently asked questions about laying turf
What is the best time of year to lay turf?
Turf can be laid at any time of year provided you can prepare the ground properly
Can I lay turf on frozen ground?
Frost doesn’t damage turf but it’s not advisable to lay turf when the ground is actually frozen….sit tight and wait for better weather.
Can I lay turf in hot weather?
Yes, you can lay turf in the summer months. Be aware though that rolled turf goes off quite quickly in hot weather. Make sure you lay it as soon as it’s delivered and keep it well watered for the first 3-4 weeks. Never let newly laid turf dry out
How do I work out how much turf I need?
Simply measure the length and width of the area you’d like to turf and multiply the two figures together. If your lawn is not square or rectangular, you’ll find advice on area calculations here
What does turf cost?
The price of turf is dependent on three things:
- The grade of turf you choose
- The quantity (usually the more you buy the more cost-effective it is)
- The distance it needs to travel to get to you (unless you can collect from the depot)
How do I prepare the ground for turfing?
First of all you need to remove every last piece of vegetation and debris from the surface.
Dig or rotovate to a depth of at least 15cm
Rake and level the area, taking away any large stones and all remaining plant material (roots etc)
Tread the soil to firm it
Apply pre-turfing fertiliser
Rake the surface of the soil to give a lovely fine tilth
That’s it! Your’re good to go!
Do I need pre-turfing fertiliser?
At Stewarts Turf we thoroughly recommend using a pre-turfing fertiliser. It will make a big difference to the way your turf establishes in your soil. Having a good base of nutrients will help the grass plants to grow strong healthy roots.
Do I need any special tools or equipment?
A garden fork, a rake, a pair of laying boards, a sharp knife (for trimming), a hosepipe and a strong back are all you need.
A good wheelbarrow will be handy too – it means you can move several rolls of turf at once.
For large areas, you might find the work easier if you hire a rotovator to help turn the soil over.