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How to Lay Lawn Turf (page 1 of 2)

Learn how to lay turf in your outdoor lawn space with this step-by-step landscaping guide.

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Laying Turf Produces Instant Yard

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The beauty of laying turf is that it produces an instant lawn. It can be laid at most times of the year but will need regular watering during spring and summer. Although it is more expensive than seed, it can be walked on only a few days after laying.

Prepare the site thoroughly.

Be sure to ensure the surface is level. Then, roll the turf out and once in place, firmly tamp down with the back of a rake. If possible, the first row of turf should be laid along a straight edge, such as a path.

Lay First Roll of Sod Along Straight Edge

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Lay the turf beyond the boundaries of the lawn.

Taking this step will allow it to be trimmed later. Place small pieces of turf away from the edge of the lawn to prevent them from drying out.

Trim Sod to Fit Boundaries

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Line up the ends.

Make sure each piece is butted up closely to each other and pressed down firmly to prevent them from drying out. The joints of each row should be staggered, similar to brickwork, since this creates a more sturdy lawn.

Butt Sod Pieces Together to Form Tight Seam

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