How to Lay Lawn Turf: A Step-by-Step Guide

October 8, 2014

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Everyone dreams of having a beautiful looking lawn, and laying your own lawn is actually a lot simpler than it may seem. It’s all about getting the preparation right and choosing the right time of year. This easy step by step guide will give you all the information you need to have an instant lawn, ready to use.

Picking the Right Time

As we said, it’s all about timing. The best time to lay lawn turf is when soil is warm and moist, which will allow the turf to establish itself more quickly onto the soil. We recommend autumn, as the new turf will receive plenty of rain come winter time. This is necessary to keep your grass healthy and avoid putting it under stress. You can also lay it down a bit earlier, during spring, especially if you will be expecting plenty of rain.

Choosing Your Turf

The type of turf you choose will depend on where you will be laying it and the environment you live in. For example, if you do not receive a lot of rainfall where you live, you may want to opt for drought-tolerant turf. If you are using it for a landscaping project, you may want to choose finer turf with grasses such as fescues.

You should measure out the area first to know how much you are going to need. Once you have the length and width, you can multiply these to get the area in square meters. You should always get a little extra in case there are any problems, such as damage to the turf.

Make sure you choose a reputable supplier to ensure you get good quality turf delivered right to your door. You should keep the turf in a shaded area and sprinkle it with water if you notice it starting to dry out. All American Turf Beauty provides fantastic quality lawn care services with a large range of different grass types covering a variety of soil types.

Laying Your Turf

  1. Before you start laying down the turf you want to make sure you have done all the proper preparation. The area should be fully cleared of any weeds, debris and old pieces of turf. The turf will need to be laid down on a smooth, flat surface, so you should roughly level it off by redistributing the soil until the area is flat.
  2. You should then rake over the ground until you have created a nice smooth surface. The area will need to be firm, so use a roller or tread over it with your feet. You should go over this process again until everything is nice and firm and the area is even. You don’t want to compact the soil as this can cause further problems down the line. Give it a final rake over and you are ready for the next step.
  3. In order to help with the rooting process you should fertilize the soil. This will help to get your turf established more quickly. Do so by sprinkling pre-turf fertilizer over the area and lightly raking it in.
  4. We recommend laying the first row along a straight edge. You should do so slowly and carefully to prevent the turf from getting damaged. To avoid gaps you should butt the ends and edges together firmly, without stretching the turf. You should stagger the joints in brickwork fashion from one row to the next.
  5. The finished lawn should be leveled with a light roller, which will help to bed it into the soil. You can tidy any edges using a half-moon edging iron or long-bladed knife.


Once you have finished laying your lawn you should carry on with the aftercare to help is establish into the soil and remain healthy. Ensure it gets enough water throughout, checking all the corners. Press down any edges, which are not well seated, and mow the lawn once it has grown long enough.

For more information or for a lawn turf quote, contact 1-800-365-8873 now!


Robin Bush ,writer of Bury Hill Landscape Supplies Limited which is a business based in UK that sells a wide range of high quality topsoils, landscape materials, turf and seasoned hardwood logs and coal.

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We offer every kind of service that it takes to develop and maintain a beautiful lawn in Iowa based on the climate, soil types, and the varieties of grass that are commonly grown here.

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