How Much Does Laying Turf Cost?

In our guide to the cost of laying turf, we will break down the supply and labour costs involved in such work and we will also look at the costs of any additional jobs you may choose to have done at the same time.

Other topics that will be explored in this article include different types of turf and the costs of turf maintenance, repairing turf and having turf removed.

The total cost of having turf laid can vary greatly depending on the type of turf used and the size of the garden in question. For this section, we will break down such costs in a clear and digestible way. We will also look at the average cost for laying different types and sizes of turf.

The turf types we will explore are dwarf ryegrass, creeping red fescue, annual meadowgrass and brown top bent. The average costs will be discussed in terms of an estimated price range. We will also be basing these prices on the estimated total cost for a garden of 50m2.

To have dwarf ryegrass installed in such a garden would cost you between £450 and £950. To have creeping red fescue turf laid in a 50 square metre garden will cost about £550 to £900. An annual meadowgrass turf installation for a garden of this area will likely be priced at around £900 to £1600. As for brown top bent or common bent turf, you may need to pay anywhere from £500 to £1600 to cover a 50 square metre garden.

On average, it will cost you roughly £145 to £165 for 10m2 of turf to be laid. To have 10-25m2 of turf laid may cost you somewhere in the range of £155 to £375. For turf laying over a 25 to 75 square metre area, it will set you back approximately £375 to £550 and for an even larger garden of 75-100m2, you can expect the total cost to end up between £550 and £850.

Type/Size Average Cost
Dwarf Ryegrass (50m2) £450-£950
Creeping Red Fescue (50m2) £550-£900
Annual Meadowgrass (50m2) £900-£1600
Brown Top Bent (50m2) £500-£1600

What are the Supply Costs of Turf Laying?

We will now discuss the supply costs involved in laying turf and thus this will exclude installation and labour costs. For this section, we will discuss the cost of laying turf per square metre in the UK. This cost is generally around the same as the turf price per roll since a roll of turf is often about one metre squared.

The turf cost for dwarf ryegrass will likely standaround £2 to £7 per square metre. You can expect to pay between £3 and £6 per m2 to purchase creeping red fescue turf. The cost of turf in the case of annual meadowgrass is about £10 to £20 per m2 although the exact price will ultimately depend on the product.

The lawn turf cost for brown top bent will likely land somewhere in the range of £2 to £10 per metre squared. The supply costs for a small garden of less than 10m2 will end up around £20 to £40.

To cover 10-25m2, you will probably need to spend about £60 to £90. For 25-75m2, the cost will likely end up around £130 to £170 while for a very large garden of 75-100 metres squared, you should budget for a cost of £200 to £300.

Type Supply Cost (per m2)
Dwarf Ryegrass (50m2) £2-£7
Creeping Red Fescue (50m2) £3-£6
Annual Meadowgrass (50m2) £10-£20
Brown Top Bent (50m2) £2-£10

What are the Additional Costs of Laying Turf?

We will now look at any additional costs you may choose to incur on top of the turf grass cost.

Garden Maintenance

If you choose to have garden maintenance undertaken, the cost will likely come to around £20 to £40 per hour. However, most professionals will set a minimum two-hour charge. As a result, the minimum you can expect to pay for garden maintenance could be anywhere from £40 to £80.

Garden Waste

A typical 45-minute job to remove garden waste will likely cost around £100 to £200. The price tag will ultimately depend on how much waste you wish to have removed from your garden.

To have 5 bags or roughly 70kg of waste removed, may cost you between £50 and £60, to have 20 bags or 300kg of waste removed will likely set you back around £80 to £110 while 60 bags or 900kg of garden waste removal will probably come with a cost of about £200 to £230. If you compare these against the cost of hiring a skip (£80 to £200) then you can judge yourself what would be the cheaper option.

Installing Garden Fencing

If you wish to have new garden fencing installed, in the case of wooden fence panels, you’ll likely need to pay around £20 to £80 per panel. To have plastic fence panels installed will likely cost £20 to £30 per foot (in height) while metal fencing may cost anywhere from £40 to £200 per metre, depending on the type of metallic garden fencing you wish to have installed.

In terms of the labour costs, a fence installer will likely charge between £130 and £170 per day. Depending on the size of the fencing in question, it may take 1-2 days for the installation to be complete.

Landscaping

There are various additional landscaping jobs which you may choose to have carried out at the same time. If you wish to have a path laid, this may cost you around £400 to £600. Having raised beds put together with the use of railway sleepers will probably cost between £150 and £250. If you want to have a new patio installed, it will likely cost around £70 to £90 per m2.

Tradesmen Costs for Laying Turf

In this section, we will look at the labour and installation costs involved in laying turf which are separate to the supply costs. For this section, we will once again look at the costs of different types of turf such as creeping red fescue and brown top bent as well as breaking down the estimated costs for different turf sizes.

For dwarf ryegrass, creeping red fescue, annual meadowgrass and brown top bent, the labour costs in each case will likely end up at about £8 to £12 per square metre. This means that the total labour cost of having 50 square metres of turf installed will end up at roughly £400 to £500. Installation/labour costs vary widely when it comes to different turf sizes.

To have less than 10m2 of turf laid may cost you about £100 to £150, for having 10-25m2 laid, the cost rises to roughly £200 to £400, for 25-75m2 you can expect to pay between £400 and £600 and for 75-100 metres squared of turf, the cost will end up around £500 to £700.

How Long Does It Take to Lay Turf?

We will now look at how long it takes to lay turf in different garden sizes which you can see in the table below:

Type/Size Installation Time
0-10 Metres of Turf 4-8 Hours
10-25 Metres of Turf 1-2 Days
25-75 Metres of Turf 2 Days
75-100 Metres of Turf 2-3 Days

Other factors that could influence the duration time for laying turf is the current condition the garden is in and how accessible it is.

Types of Turf

For this section, we will discuss the various types of turf in more detail. We will look at the best types of garden/soil for each type of turf and list their pros and cons.

Dwarf Ryegrass

This type of turf is from a specifically bred perennial ryegrass strain. Dwarf ryegrass turf is the cheapest option in terms of supply costs at about £2 to £7 per m2 although the labour costs will stand at roughly £8 to £12 per m2 which is no different to other types of turf.

It is ideal for practically any type of garden soil including but not limited to sandy soil, clay soil and chalk soil. The soil’s pH should be somewhere between 5.5 and 7.5 in order to support dwarf ryegrass.

Pros

  • The turf price for dwarf ryegrass is the lowest out of the various types of turf.
  • Suitable for practically all types of soil.
  • Very effective lawn surface.

Cons

  • Grows rapidly and requires cutting perhaps twice a week.
  • Requires plenty of fertilising during the course of the year.

Creeping Red Fescue

Creeping red fescue turf is a perennial grass. It is fine bladed with a mid to dark green colour. This type of turf requires a moist soil. A soil that combines silt, sand and clay can achieve the ideal moisture-retention to best suit creeping red fescue turf.

This type of turf is often used for bowling greens and golf courses. The supply cost of creeping red fescue is around £3 to £6 per m2 while the labour costs associated with this type of turf is once again about £8 to £12 per square metre.

Pros

  • Takes hold quite quickly.
  • More affordable choice for bowling greens and golf courses than annual meadowgrass.
  • Creeping red fescue has high durability.
  • Offers great aesthetic value.

Cons

  • Not suitable for all types of soil.
  • Not as cheap as dwarf ryegrass.

Annual Meadowgrass

Another common type of turf is annual meadowgrass, a wild grass that is often described as a hybrid weed grass. The latter description is often given due to its ability to permeate soil without invitation. Annual meadowgrass is best suited to neutral or alkaline soils.

It will not grow in a soil with a pH below 4. The supply cost for annual meadowgrass is on average around £10 to £20 per square metre. Once more the labour costs will come to about £8 to £12 per m2.

Pros

  • Adaptable.
  • Can survive in various different conditions.

Cons

  • Annual meadowgrass requires plenty of maintenance.
  • Does not have a very long lifespan.
  • May become weak and even die out during the winter months.

Brown Top Bent

Brown top bent (common bent) is widespread across the UK and is a perennial grass type. It can suit either acidic or alkaline soils and soils that are either dry or damp although it is best suited to low-acidic soils such as an alkaline clay soil. Its supply cost is around £2 to £10 for each square metre while its labour costs will be about £8 to £12 per m2.

It will not grow in a soil with a pH below 4. The supply cost for annual meadowgrass is on average around £10 to £20 per square metre. Once more the labour costs will come to about £8 to £12 per m2.

Pros

  • Does not require much maintenance.
  • Brown top bent can grow on most types of soil.
  • Very common.

Cons

  • Unlikely to be as cheap as dwarf ryegrass.

How Much Does Repairing Turf Cost?

We will now discuss various repairs that your turf may require over the years. For this section, we will discuss the price of turf repairs and when the best time is to have lawns/turf repaired among other subtopics. Common types of repairs are fixing patches of a lawn, repairing turf edges and levelling out bumps and hollows.

It is best for lawns/turf to be repaired during the spring or autumn months. This is due to the cool and damp weather making it a time that the lawn will have best odds of recovering well.

Repairing Patches of Lawn (With Turf & Seed)

For a small patch of lawn to be repaired, the damaged area of turf will be removed before an identically shaped area of turf from elsewhere in the garden or new turf entirely will be laid down in its place. Alternatively, new seeds may be put down instead of a layer of turf. Additional parts of the job may include the turf edges being compressed with the back of a rake.

To replace it with a new layer of turf will likely cost about £2 to £20 per square metre in terms of supply costs (which will depend heavily on the type of lawn you have) to fix a patch of your garden with the labour costing perhaps £10 to £12 per square metre.

With a minimal payment being likely, to have five patches of lawn fixed, you could expect to pay a total somewhere in the range of £60 to £160. If you wish to have the lawn seeded, the reduced material cost would bring down the aforementioned subtotal to about £53 to £63.

Repairing Lawn/Turf Edges

In order for turf edges to be repaired, the damaged area will first need to be cut out with the damaged edge facing inwards. Once the damaged area is cut away, the edge will need to be re-seeded or re-turfed. The cost of having a lawn edge repaired will ultimately depend on how long the damaged edge is.

The labour cost will likely end up at around £10 to £12 per m2 with the supply cost ranging from £2 to £20 per square metre. Again, with a minimal fee expected, you may end up paying a total in the range of £180 to £480 although it will depend greatly on the type of turf you have and how extensive the damage is. If only several parts of the lawn edge are damaged, the price may be significantly lower than the above estimate.

Levelling Out Bumps and Hollows

For bumps and hollows to be evened out, a hired professional will first cut through the unlevel patch before peeling the turf back. Next, excess soil will need to be removed after forking over the base or new topsoil will need to be added. The soil will then be firmed down before the turf can be replaced.

Additional touches may include watering with a water can that has been fitted with a fine rose and compressing the turf edges with a rake. The cost of this job will depend on the type of lawn you have and how many bumps and hollows need to be evened out.

To fix several bumps and hollows may cost you between £60 and £160 assuming a supply cost of somewhere in the range of £2 to £20 per square metre and a labour cost of between £8 and £12 per m2.

How Much Does Turf Maintenance Cost?

We will now look at the costs for various types of turf maintenance. We will discuss forms of maintenance such as fertilising, water and scarification.

Fertilising

Fertilising a lawn will promote healthy leaf growth. Ideally, you should fertilise turfaround late March to April (mid-spring). A lawn care service may charge £90 to £110 to fertilise your lawn. Of this total, the cost of materials may come to about £40 to £60 with the labour costs also ending up around £40 to £60.

Mowing

A lawnmower is used to reduce the height of your lawn and to therefore improve its aesthetics. March to October is the best time to cut the grass. During the winter, it may be unnecessary unless your grass is still growing significantly during these months. If you wish to carry out the work yourself, a lawn mower may cost between £80 and £120. If you’d prefer to hire someone to mow your lawn, it will cost between £10 and £40 per hour.

Watering

A hose or watering can may be used to water a lawn. Your grass will need watering throughout the year, but it will require more during the summer months. Ideally, you should water your garden during the day. You will likely need to pay between £30 and £40 to hire a gardener to water your garden although it may cost more depending on the size of your lawn.

Also, with many gardeners having a minimumtwo-hour charge, you may end up paying £60 for one hour of work. If you chose to water the garden yourself, you can expect it to cost between £15 and £50 to purchase a hose while the cost on your water bill will end up at about £1.50 per hour.

Clearing Weeds and Debris

This type of maintenance involves pulling weeds out and removing debris so that they can be binned. The ideal time for such work to be performed is during the spring months. Preferably the temperature should be consistently above 10°C during this type of clean.

A professional gardener will likely charge you between £50 and £70 to clear weeds and debris from an average-sized garden. Alternatively, you can purchase weeding tools for about £10 to £30.

Scarification

The process of scarification involves removing debris such as grass cuttings and dead moss from the lawn with the use of a dethatcher. You should scarify your lawn preferably during the months of March to October when you are more likely to be mowing and using your garden.

To have your lawn scarified by a professional will likely cost you around £60 to £150. The price estimate varies significantly as it depends on the size of your lawn and how long the work will take. The quality of your garden can affect the time the job will take. A dethatcher or scarifier will probably cost you somewhere between £30 and £100.

How Much Does Seeding Turf Cost?

In this section, we will lay out the difference between turf laying and seeding, discuss how much seeding a lawn will cost and look at other subtopics such as the pros and cons of seeding.

Laying turf involves using premade sections of turf to ‘plant’ atop your garden soil so that it can form into a single lawn while seeding involves growing the grass from scratch by adding the seeds directly to the soil. For seeding, you will also need to take into consideration concerns that you won’t have with laid turf such as protecting your seeds from birds and other animals.

Ultimately, it will take many months for seeded turf to achieve a normal volume of grass while turf that is laid will be of a desired volume from the beginning. However, grass seeds are significantly less expensive. They cost about £0.50 per square metre which is far cheaper than most turf products.

With that cost in mind, to fully seed a garden of 25 square metres will cost around £12.50 in supply costs. It will therefore cost about £25 if you wish to seed a garden with a size of 50m2. If you wish to hire a professional to seed a garden with an area of 25m2, you will likely pay between £40 and £115 with around £12.50 for the supply costs and somewhere in the range of £30 to £100 for the labour costs.

Pros

  • More affordable.
  • Offer more variety.

Cons

  • Seeds are vulnerable to birds and other animals.
  • Takes longer to achieve a desired volume.
  • Seeds can prove tricky to work with.
  • Seeds have a relatively short time window in which they should be planted.

How Much Does It Cost to Remove Turf?

We will now analyse the cost involved in having turf removed. You may choose to remove turf if you feel that it takes too much work, uses too much water or costs too much to maintain. Turf may be removed so that seeds can be planted or so that a garden slate paving can be laid down in its place.

You can expect to pay around £60 to £180 in terms of the labour costs to have turf removed. The cost of waste removal will likely be about £50 to £200 if you choose to hire a skip. You can dispose of garden turf using a skip or through another service such as a ‘man and van’ service.

FAQs

Q: How long after laying turf can you cut it?

A: You should wait about three weeks before cutting it.

Q: What fertiliser to use before laying turf?

A: Rolawn GroRight is a popular fertiliser product that you could employ before laying turf.

Q: How would you carry out a soil drainage test before laying turf?

A: The five steps for performing such a test are to dig a hole, fill it with water, refill the hole with water the following day, perform a measurement of the water level and then keep an eye on how well it drains each hour.

Q: How much does turf cost?

A: The regular grass turf price may fall anywhere between £2 and £10 per m2.

Q: How often should you cut the grass?

A: Most gardens should be mowed once a week or perhaps every 10-14 days during the warmer months of the year. The frequency of grass cutting during this time period will depend on how fast the grass is growing in your garden. During the winter, it may be the case that no grass cutting will be required at all.

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