Average and Typical Turf Laying Costs

Thank you for visiting Quotation Check – the UK’s leading price checking website. This price guide is part of our series covering average landscape gardening costs in the United Kingdom. We contacted dozens of turf layers and landscape gardeners and asked them to quote us for a new lawn. We also did quite a lot of research into the costs involved with this type of work. Specifically, we wanted to know what factors can increase the cost above what would be considered a standard “average” job.

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Does Location Affect the Price?

We found that there were some price differences between companies based in London and the South East and those further North and to the far South West.

London was by far the most expensive area to get a quote, but this was expected.

The differences were not as extreme as some of the other trades we have seen, such as roofing contractors and builders. Quotes from these trades can vary wildly depending on location.

Current Condition of Your Garden and How it Affects the Price

Through our research and gathering quotes, we found that the current state of the garden can have a significant impact on the cost of laying new turf. An existing but uneven lawn that is full of weeds and needs levelling will cost more than a patch of soil that requires minimal preparation work.

We also found that access was an important factor, if you live in a terraced house with no direct access to the garden then most companies will charge extra, this is to cover the time it takes to cart everything through the house or via a neighbour’s garden.

The quality of your existing top soil is also a factor. Your garden will probably need some extra top soil, but how much and the quality of the soil is also a factor in the total cost to lay turf.

Supply, Prepare and Lay Costs

Turf costs in the UKThe figures below are for a typical 50 sq metre lawn. The cost involves full preparation of existing ground including some new top soil and levelling out. They do not include VAT or any allowance for the removal of roots, concrete or anything else that is not expected in a standard installation of a new lawn. These prices are for a regular turf laying job:

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London Area£950.00£1000.00
South, SW and Midlands£850.00£1000.00
Outer Region and North£750.00£900.00

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Deep Rooted Weeds

If your existing lawn is full of deep rooted invasive weeds, then extra preparation will be required. This usually involves strimming the grass and weeds as low as possible before rotavating and then applying some anti-weed mulch and additional topsoil.

Type of Turf Required

The cost to lay turf is also affected by the quality/grade of the turf you choose. You may want standard “multi-purpose” grass for everyday use. But if your garden is shaded you will want a shade tolerant variety.

You can also choose from premium ranges that are often used on golf tees or tennis courts. It all depends on your requirements and of course your budget.

Turf Supply-Only Prices

These are the figures for the supply-only of 50 sq metres, we took them from 10 online suppliers and averaged the figures. All prices include VAT @20% and delivery to mainland UK:

Standard grade turf cost: £160 inc VAT and delivered.

Shade resistant turf cost: £340 inc VAT and delivered.

Premium range turf cost: £370 inc VAT and delivered.

What Work is Involved With Laying a New Lawn?

The work involves the following:

  • Stripping the old lawn
  • Levelling with a rake to remove large stones
  • Tread in soil and add new top soil (optional)
  • Add feed
  • Roll out turf and plank it (presses down on turf to prevent air pockets)
  • Removal of any waste


turf costs and aftercare

The first few weeks after installation are the most important, it is imperative that the turf is watered daily or if it’s summertime – twice a day for the first three weeks. This is to prevent the turf rolls from shrinking, resulting in gaps between each roll.

Only once the roots have taken hold into the soil can the watering frequency be reduced (just pull on the turf to determine if the roots have reached into the ground).

Failure to water regularly can result in a failed lawn that will require re-turfing or at the least some patch repairs.

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7 Responses to “Average and Typical Turf Laying Costs”

  1. nick shentonNovember 25, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

    Just been checking out your ‘supply , prepare and lay costs ‘ for turf .wondering where you got your info from ? £700 to supply and lay 50 sq Metres of turf is absolutely ridiculous ! Total rip off for a job that would take me at 58 less than a day to complete start to finish .

    • terryJanuary 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

      i charge 10 pound a square metre all in except for top soil .
      so 50 sq mtre is around 575 at the most mayby cheaper

  2. jim diamondMay 23, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    …it’s £840 (inc Vat) and I have recently been quoted £650 (inc VAT) for 39 sq m which works out at
    £655 using the above quotes so the figures seem to be reasonable….what would you charge?

  3. Paul ThrotnonMarch 29, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    Need to enlighten some people.50m turf renew. Take up old turf and soil which is weed rooted and put in skip. Approx depth of 100mm depth dig out which will allow for the roots of any weeds to be taken out. Then top back up with top soil approx. 5m2.Rack and level,compact to achieve desired level. Lay new turf…Whom thinks he can lay 50m2 start to finish. This may be so when all the ground work has be done. Please understand some people really have no concept of the true workload and more often than not give genuine builders like myself a bad name.

  4. stephMay 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

    What could I expect to pay for approx 151 m2 new turf and some leveling and removal of knee high weed, no turf there now just weeds!

  5. Filippo Fior CaraffaAugust 24, 2017 at 12:04 am #

    Very good quote!!!

  6. JoeyAugust 29, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    Well said Paul. If I could go in and lay 50m2 on a already prepared surface liken to a snooker table then it would be a few hrs at £17. But to dig out a waste land, rotavate, level etc etc etc is not a 3 hr job. If those on here think it is then come work for me and I will pay you £40 an hr all day every day !! Why do so many non experts sit on forums and give such pathetic non informed advice. Go try and do it and earn a living at it day in day out. Amen

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