How to lay turf like a pro — experts share what to know for a beautiful new lawn

A beautifully laid lawn in front of a large traditional stone house
(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

Finding out how to lay turf from these lawn experts could mean that you don't need to pay a professional to install it for you. It's really a simple task even for a fairly novice gardener, albeit labour intensive.

The effort very much depends on the size of your space, but you can expect a fair amount of digging over and some lifting. So, depending on the side of the space and how fast you work, block out a day in your diary. Dry weather is necessary, sunshine is just nice to have when working on your lawn ideas.

Portrait shot of David Hedges Gower, a lawn expert
David Hedges-Gower

David is one of the UK's leading lawn experts, with over 30 years' experience in the industry. He is Chairman of the Lawn Association, an educational platform for homeowners and professionals, and founded the world's first lawn care qualification.

Jane Dobbs  headshot
Jane Dobbs

Responsible for leading the gardening team at Allan's Gardeners, a landscaping and garden maintenance, business who do lawn care and installation. She has 10 years experience as a gardener.

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.