Laying Turf Yourself
Step 1: Measuring your area
The best way to measure your area is to break it up into smaller shapes (squares, rectangles, triangles) and add them all together – then add an additional 5%. This should ensure you have enough turf to complete the area without using bits and pieces that are left over. The more complete the rolls are the better your lawn will establish and grow strongly and evenly.
Use Turfco’s online Lawn Area Calculator to make calculating the amount of turf you need really easy.
This video also explains this approach to measuring your lawn area:
Step 2: Preparing your surface
Preparation of your area is just as important as the installation itself, and crucial to your lawns success. Here are some simple steps to follow:
- Spray out any existing weeds or grass with a glyphosate product (Zero or Roundup) and wait 7-10 days to ensure that all existing growth has died.
- Once everything has died off, mow the lawn on the lowest setting to get rid of any existing grass.
- Remove any refuse, rocks and debris from the area, turning over the existing base with a rotary hoe or garden fork.
- If additional underlay is required, spread to a depth of between 50-150mm (depending on the existing base) and then level off the area with a rake.
- You can also spread gypsum into the soil to assist in the breaking up of clay in your existing base.
- Spread Sir Launcher starter fertiliser on your soil base.
- Sir Launcher consists of starter fertiliser, essential nutrients and water crystals that act like water magnets. (only apply on soil before turf is layed, never on top of your turf).
- This will help retain water while your turf is establishing and provide your lawn with the kick start that it needs!
- A 3kg tub of Sir Launcher will cover 100sqm and is available for purchase on the Lawn Store or direct from Turfco with your turf order.
Step 3: Laying your Turfco Turf
Your ground has now been prepared and your turf delivered. Remember it’s important that your turf is laid the day you receive it.
- Start laying from a straight line – using a boundary path or driveway as your guide. First lay out your turf as you would a rug.
- Take care to butt together all the joints, without overlapping the turf edges. Take care to stagger the joints in each new row in a brickwork like pattern.
- Use a sharp spade to shape/cut the turf where required.
- Roll or hose and walk-down the laid turf to smooth out bumps and air pockets. This will allow good contact with the soil and encourage establishment.
- When you’re finished, give your new lawn a good soaking. This will need to be repeated on a daily basis for at least the first two weeks.