If you’re thinking about turfing over your garden but would like first to get an idea of how much it costs, you’ve come to the right place!
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.
We appreciate that old outdated prices don’t help anyone, that’s why we last updated this page on the
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How Reliable are the Prices on Quotation Check?
The team here at Quotation Check’s base our cost guides on quotes and estimates we gathered from real businesses in the UK.
The process is simple; first, we source these figures and calculate an average cost which we then show on our site.
Visitors can then discover what others are paying for this type of work and hopefully protect themselves from being ripped off by unscrupulous traders
Quotation Check is an excellent resource for those wishing to budget for future home improvement plans.
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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 we expected this.
The differences were not as extreme as some of the other trades we have seen, such as roofing contractors and builders.
Quotes from these businesses often vary wildly depending on location.
The Current State 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 a significant 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 topsoil is also a factor. Your garden will probably need some extra topsoil, but how much and the quality of the existing soil.
The Cost to Supply, Prepare and Lay Turf
The cost involves full preparation of existing ground including some new topsoil and levelling out. They do not include VAT or any allowance for the removal of roots, concrete or anything similar.
These prices below are for a regular turf laying job:
|Location||Small Business /Trader||Larger Business (5+ employees)|
|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.
Choose the 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.
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.
How Much Work is Involved With Laying a New Lawn?
The work involves the following, use this as a step by step guide if you wish:
- Stripping the old lawn
- Level with a rake to remove large stones and objects
- Tread down the soil and add new topsoil as required
- Apply grass feed
- Roll out turf and plank it down (pressing down on turf to prevent air pockets)
- Removal and dispose of all waste
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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