Turf Talk: Your Complete Guide to Laying and Installing Turf

Turf is a great way to give your lawn a fresh and new look. But many people are unsure about how to care for new turf as the advice can change according to the time of year it is laid. In this article, we will answer some common questions about laying and installing new turf and its aftercare.

Can turf be laid in Winter?

Yes, turf can be laid in winter. However, it’s important to choose the right time to install it. You should avoid laying turf during very cold temperatures, as it can damage the grass. The best time to lay turf in winter is during a mild spell when temperatures are above freezing and the ground is not frozen.

As a rule of thumb, turf can be laid at any time of year except when the ground is frozen or very wet.

Can turf be laid in November?

Yes, turf can be laid in November. However, it’s important to take into account the weather conditions at that time. If it’s very cold or frosty, it’s best to wait until conditions are milder. It’s also important to prepare the ground properly before laying the turf, ensuring it’s level, free from weeds and debris, and has been fertilised.

How turf is installed?

Turf installation is a relatively simple process, but it requires a thorough and proper preparation. Firstly, you need to prepare the ground by removing any old grass, weeds, and debris. The soil should then be broken up, usually by a rotavator. This creates a better soil structure for the impending roots. Then level it out. Once levelled the soil should be compressed to take out excess air. This prevents sinkage later down the line.

You may want to fertilise the soil and water it a day before you lay the turf. When it comes to laying the turf, start at one end of the area and work your way across, making sure to butt the edges of each roll of turf up against each other tightly. And if you are walking on the newly laid turf remember to use boards to spread your weight. Once you’ve laid all the turf, water it thoroughly to help it settle into the ground.

Why is turfing better than seeding?

Turf has many advantages over traditional seeding options. Firstly, it’s quicker and easier to install than growing grass from seed. Secondly, you are able to work the levels of the lawn to suit your needs which can also eliminate unwanted undulation. Finally, turf provides a natural and attractive look that can enhance the appearance of any outdoor space.


Laying new turf requires careful and thorough preparation as well as attention to detail to ensure that the lawn will “take” well and be long-lasting. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can ensure that your new lawn looks its best and provides a beautiful and practical addition to your outdoor space.

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