Welcome to Preparation & Aftercare


Proper ground preparation is essential for the establishment and future well being of your new lawn. Inadequately prepared ground will never produce the best results. Existing turf should be removed by slicing beneath the grass with a spade.

For larger areas, consider hiring in a purpose-designed turf cutter. The soil needs to be turned over thoroughly to a depth of 15cm using a spade or a powered cultivator. Clear the area of stones, weeds, old turf and other debris.


The ground should be raked to produce a smooth, level surface. Lightly roll or tread the surface by foot to reveal any soft patches, which can then be raked level. This process should continue until the whole area is evenly firm and level. The surface should be firm but not compacted. You are now ready to lay turf.


Never walk directly on the prepared soil or newly laid turf. Use boards or planks to work from and walk on. Start by unrolling one strip of turf around the perimeter of the lawn, avoid using small pieces at the edges as these can dry out and perish. Ensure that the underside of the new turf has full contact with the soil below.

Lay the next strip across the longest straight run and continue to work across the lawn, strip by strip, producing a pattern similar to brickwork. Butt adjoining edges and ends against each other, but avoid stretching the turf. Overlapping pieces and ends of rows should be cut off neatly with a sharp knife or half-moon lawn edger.