Laying Advice – Our step by step guide to laying your Greener Lawn!

Soil Preparation

Preparing Soil To start your soil preparation you must spray all old grasses and weeds with herbicide so that the ground is clean. You can use Roundup or another similar herbicide to do this around 7 to 10 days prior to the commencement of any ground preparation. The Ideal soil pH for turf grass is 5.5 to 6.5. Soil pH kits and herbicides are inexpensive and can be purchased at most Bunnings stores or from your local nursery.


Excavating Soil for Laying Turf If your area needs to be excavated to level out the ground this should be done while the area is clean and there are no weeds or grasses. If your ground is too large to excavate by hand you can hire a bobcat and operator to do the hard work for you. On hard compacted soil, it is advisable that you add gypsum to the soil to loosen it up and break up the clay. You can purchase gypsum from most nurseries or hardware stores. The excavated level should be approximately 150 – 200 mm below pathways, driveways etc. The soil level needs to be lower so that the lawn does not overtake your paths once it has grown!

Top Soil

Using a Cultivator to Work the Top Soil Your area is now ready to add the new topsoil (70% Sand/30% Soil mix) which can be purchased from your local nursery or landscapes supply yard. Spread the topsoil over the entire area to be turfed and level it out with a metal rake or something similar. The depth of the new topsoil should be around 100-150mm. If the top soil doesn’t have any form of fertilizer in it, it is a good idea to apply some starter fertilizer on top of the prepared area and lightly rake it in.


If the area is not compacted or clayey and does not require additional topsoil, remove weeds with a herbicide, leave for 7-10 days, and the apply some starter fertilizer. You can then hire a cultivator or rotary hoe from your local hire shop and work the ground to a depth of 100-200 mm adding organic matter to sandier soils as you go. This can then be smoothed out with a rake or levelling tool.

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Turf Laying Border

Begin laying your turf rolls against pathways, garden edges, and boundaries to form a border. Then continue by laying the rolls across any slopes you may have, trimming any excess turf with a knife or spade.

Laying Brick Pattern

Your turf should be laid in a brick pattern for a neater finish. Butt and push ends together tightly without stretching. On a large lawn it is best to complete a small section by rolling turf as you go.

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Rolling Lawn

Rolling Out Turf Rolling your lawn after laying can be an advantage as it will give your turf more even contact with the soil. A roller can be hired from your local hire store.

Watering Lawn

Depending on weather conditions, give your lawn at least 25 mm of water within 30 minutes of installation. Over the next two weeks, keep your turf well hydrated until its roots have been firmly established. Be sure your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot dry or windy conditions. Check your turf for moisture levels and the establishment of new roots by carefully lifting it in areas . Once your turf cannot be lifted, watering can be spaced to once or twice a week depending on weather conditions.

Keep off the grass!

To avoid damage, avoid walking on your new lawn for the first four weeks.

Before you Order

Turf is a living plant, and for best results, it should be delivered on the day planned for laying. Turf should be laid immediately on delivery. Begin watering your new turf within 30 minutes of installation, especially in summer. Turf requires ground contact to survive.

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