Laying Turf

M and R Contractors step by step guide to laying your new Turf

To ensure the best results and a quality finish for your new lawn, follow these easy steps:


Preparing the ground for Turfing is vitally important. Without preparation and fertilising the ground will not give satisfactory results. Existing Turf should be moved by cutting under the grass with a spade.

Soil needs to be turned over to a depth of 15 cm, either by digging over or using a rotovator.

Ensure the area is free of debris,stones, weeds or old Turf.

M and R Contractors supply good quality Top soil if required


A pre turfing fertiliser should be applied and raked into the soil according to the manufacturers application rate.


The ground should be raked over to provide a smooth surface.The ground may also be lightly rolled or firmed to to reveal any soft areas which then can be raked level.

This process should be carried out until the ground is even and smooth.The ground should be firm but not compact.

Your Lawn is now ready to Turf – See M and R Contractors for ordering advice.

Laying Turf

Start by laying one strip of Turf around the outside of the lawn.Turf can be shaped to follow curved borders.

Lay the first row of Turf along the longest straight line and work across the lawn staggering the joints in each row , as in brickwork. Butt and push the ends  and edges against each other without stretching the Turf.

Use a sharp knife or half moon spade to cut the end of a row.

Avoid walking on newly laid Turf, use boards for working or walking.

Always ensure that the Turf has contact with soil.


Watering your new Lawn is vital and newly laid Turf should be watered as soon as possible after laying.Give the Turf  a really good soaking and check that the water has seeped through the Turf and into the soil. (you can turn up a corner to check that this is happening)

Repeat the watering until the Turf has established. Weather conditions will dictate the frequency of watering required.Ensure that your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry or windy weather.If there are any signs of Turf drying out water it immediately.


We recommend that you do not mow your new lawn until it has rooted. This can be easily checked to see if the roots have attached to the soil by simply lifting up a corner of Turf.

Your lawn mower should be set to the highest setting – it is important that your lawn is not scalped. Mow your new lawn often, each time removing no more than one third of grass height. Once established the grass height can be reduced gradually to your ideal level. Optimum height between 15mm and 35mm.

Feeding your new Lawn

It  will not be necessary to feed during the first 8 weeks as we use a pre turf Fertiliser.

We use premium and organically based fertilisers to provide complete Turf feeding for your new lawn.

Please remember it is essential to provide a certain amount of care and maintenance to ensure that your new lawn grows to its full potential.There are many lawn feeds available and we would recommend that you use a good lawn feed every 8 weeks after laying.