It is so important to buy good quality turf if you are going to spend the extra money for an instant lawn. Drought tolerant, hard wearing and ornamental varieties are available.
Start by rolling the turfs across the first long edge of the garden, ensuring that each turf buts up close to the previous roll. Once you get to the end of the garden, cut the last roll with a sharp knife. The off cut can be used to start the next row if it is not too small.
Use some scaffold planks to lay over the first row so you can stand on the turf without damaging them. Continue to roll the turf in rows and stagger the joint making sure all edges are butted up so there is no gaps.
Try to avoid very small pieces of turf and using small pieces around the edges where they may not get as much water like next to fences etc.
Be sure to lay the turf within a day or two of delivery and keep in a shady area if it is warm.
If it is very warm and the area to be turfed is large you may need to start watering turf in as you are laying it as turf will shrink in the heat.
Finally water the new lawn in thoroughly, preferably with a sprinkler for approximately 5 or 10 minutes in one spot. This should be done on a daily basis for the first two weeks then weekly after that. This may be required more frequently in the middle of summer. Watering is best done early in the morning or, failing that, in the evening through spring and summer.
To check if your turf has had enough water, lift a turf and if the ground is cold and slightly damp it has had enough water.
A newly turfed lawn can be cut when it has grown a little, maybe 1 or 2 weeks after laying. Only give the lawn a light cut on a higher setting and be careful when turning the mower as the roots will not have grown deep into the soil below. Gradually reduce the cutting height after 3 or 4 cuts
A regular fertiliser programme can start after about 3 months. A full lawn care programme should be started in the second year.
A turfed lawn can be used in about 4 weeks in good conditions, unlike a seeded lawn, but should be treated with care for 2 or 3 months