Laying turf is a great way to get a beautiful new lawn faster than ever. Although it's quicker, easier, and more reliable than other methods like planting from seed, that's not to say it's not possible to develop problems.

One of the more common possibilities is for the newly-laid turf to begin to discolour. If this happens, you might start to think the whole process has gone wrong and that you need to start over, but this is rarely the case. In fact, there's usually a simple explanation for the issue, and one that means it can be reversed before it's too late. Here are some possible things for you to check so you can narrow down the possible causes.

Watering level

Newly-laid turf needs to be kept moist at all times, otherwise, there's a good chance the roots won't be able to develop properly. This can mean watering the whole area several times a day, depending on the time of year. In the heat of summer, a lawn may need near-constant attention to stay watered, which is why it's not recommended to lay new turf at this time of year.

If you're already keeping the turf constantly moist and it's started to brown, the problem could be over-watering. Hold back a little and see if the situation improves over a few days, or at least doesn't get any worse.

Soil condition

In order for the roots to develop, turf needs to be in contact with loose soil that hasn't been compacted. You may be able to see from the side if this is the problem, and you'll also be able to lift up pieces of sod easily.

If the soil is packed tight, you'll need to lift up pieces of turf and make a few holes to loosen it up, by using a pen, screwdriver, or small garden fork. If turf is lifted above the level of the soil, gently press it all down.

Fertiliser supply

Some turf is supplied already fertilised, but some isn't. Feed may also have been applied at the time of laying. Normally, a lawn should be fertilised again four weeks after it was set, but if you've eliminated other problems, then you could try applying a small dose of feed, which may improve the condition.

Sometimes, despite doing everything right, a new lawn will start to brown slightly in places. If you can't find a source of the problem, it might just go away in time. However, if it keeps getting worse, it might be worth consulting a professional gardener or contacting your turf supplier.