Turf should not be stored for long, so agree a delivery date with your supplier that allows you to lay it immediately do not let your new turf dry out as it will shrink if this happens apply a top dressing between the joints.
Buy your turf from a specialist supplier and, if possible, inspect it before purchasing to ensure that it is weed and disease free. Reject turf with patches of yellow or dying grass. Your choice of turf will generally be limited to high-quality ornamental grass for formal lawns and hardwearing utility turf for walkways and play areas.
Price may be an issue, but good-quality turf from a reputable supplier may prove the best value for money in the long term.
PREPARE THE SITE
Two months before the turf arrives, weed the site thoroughly. Dig 4 in (10 cm) of organic matter into the soil, and plenty of grit into heavy clay to increase drainage. Level with a rake. Tread over the soil on your heels in one direction, and repeat at right angles in the other direction.
LAY THE FIRST ROW
Remove stones and debris from the site, and leave for ﬁve weeks for the soil to settle. Weed the site again and apply an all-purpose granular fertilizer at the recommended rate. Make sure the soil is moist, not wet, before laying. Place the ﬁrst piece of turf at one edge, and tamp it down with the back of a rake.
TIME TO COMPLETE
1 day to prepare; 1 day to lay turf
YOU WILL NEED
Rake and broom
Topsoil and horticultural sand
WHEN TO START
Early autumn or early spring.