Laying Turf and Preparation

Just purchased turf supplies and planning to lay your lawn yourself? This handy guide from our expert Sydney turf suppliers will help you get it right.

With proper installation and care, your new lawn will increase your home’s value and create a safe, comfortable environment for you and your family to enjoy.

Turf Laying Process:

Step 1 – Preparing the Ground

Preparing the ground for turf laying.

Before your turf arrives, you need to prepare the ground. Our Sydney turf suppliers can help you get the timing right so that your turf doesn’t dry out while you get ready.

You’ll also need to carefully measure your yard to know how much turf and soil underlay to order.

    • To get started, you’ll need:
  • Weed killer and spray pack
  • Metal garden rake
  • Shovel and wheelbarrow
  • Soil levelling rake
  • Gloves, hat, sunscreen

Clear the Soil

First, spray your old lawn with Zero or Round-up and remove the top 20 mm of soil and vegetation. If you have good soil, cultivate for the type of grass you’ll be laying by mixing in organic matter and/or fertilizer.

If the soil is bad, remove the top layer and replace it with high quality soil mix 50-100 mm deep. We recommend an 80/20 blend of sand and soil for optimal drainage and water holding capacity.

Level the Ground

Once your soil is prepared, level the area with a metal rake, then with a soil-levelling rake. The soil should be firm but not compacted, allowing proper surface drainage.

Step 2 – Laying Your Turf

Man laying turf.

This is the fun part of the process – results are instantaneous and you can watch your dream backyard appear before your eyes.

For this part of the process you’ll need:

  • A sharp cutting tool
  • Your turf!

Start with the Perimeter

For all types of grass, start laying from the perimeter of your yard. This prevents the lawn drying out and helps establish roots faster. Lay sections of turf in a brick-like pattern to separate the joins, creating an even, line-free lawn.

Cut Turf to Fit Where Needed

Your turf supplies won’t arrive customised for your yard. Use a sharp spade, knife, or garden scissors to cut your turf down to size so it fits snugly. Make sure small sections are used in the centre of your lawn and not at the edges where they will dry out quickly.

Step 3 – Watering Your Turf

Watering newly laid turf.

As each section of turf is laid you need to water it. For this you’ll need:

  • A garden hose
  • Water efficient sprinkler
  • Lawn roller

Water as You Go

After each run of new turf has been laid, use a lawn roller to press the turf into the soil. Then water the lawn area immediately to prevent the new turf from drying out and wilting. It is essential to provide adequate moisture for the new turf’s establishment and promote healthy root development.

Give Your Turf Time and Care

Once you have completed the turf installation, laying and watering process, try not to use your lawn until it has established. This period of establishment is crucial for the successful growth of your new turf.

Once established, proper lawn care for your type of grass will ensure a long-lasting lawn for you to enjoy. Regular mowing, fertilization, and watering based on the specific needs of your turf will contribute to its overall health and appearance.

We Hope The Laying Turf Tips Helped You!

Get in Touch

For more advice and premium turf supplies, contact the premier Sydney Turf Suppliers, Hi Quality Turf, on 1800 887 258 or enquire online.