Turf Laying 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.
Step 1 – Preparing the Ground
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
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
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 turf has been laid, use a lawn roller to press the turf into the soil. Then water immediately to prevent the turf from drying out and wilting.
Give Your Turf Time and Care
Once you have completed the turf laying and watering process, try not to use your lawn until it has established.
Once established, proper lawn care for your type of grass will ensure a long-lasting lawn for you to enjoy.
Get in Touch
For more advice and top quality turf supplies, contact the premier Sydney Turf Suppliers, Hi Quality Turf, on 1800 887 258 or enquire online.