How To Lay Turf

Our step by step guide to laying turf

Step 1: Planning

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:

Once you’ve worked out how much turf you need to buy to cover the area and decided on your grass variety, it’s time to order your turf.

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  Lawn Launcher  starter fertiliser on your soil base.

Lawn 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 Lawn Launcher will cover 100sqm and is available for purchase direct from Turfco with your turf order.

Step 3: Delivery and laying

It’s important to plan to install your turf on the same day as delivery. You should also check the weather, if it’s going to be a hot day we recommend getting an early start. This will prevent the turf from drying out.

Unroll the turf and lay it out flat where you plan to install it. It’s best to start at the furthest point from the yard entry and begin at the perimeters and work your way in using a brickwork formation, ensuring that there’s no gaps.

  • 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.

Step 4: Cutting and shaping

Once you’ve laid out the turf flat, use a spade or shears to trim around the edges to remove any overlapping or overhanging areas. Keep the offcuts as you may find that you have little areas that are bare.

These offcuts are great for filling in these gaps and creating custom shapes.

  • Trim any overhanging or overlapping pieces. 
  • Take care to keep the cut off’s as you may find that you need them to fill in gaps or odd little spots around your yard. 

Step 5: Roll Turf to improve soil contact

Roll or hose and walk-down the laid turf to smooth out bumps and air pockets. This encourages good contact with the soil which encourages establishment.


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Mick, West Wollongong

Fantastic , I bought it online Wednesday and it was delivered to my door on Friday, doesn't get any better than that. Thanks!

Warwick, Goulburn

Sincere thanks for your generosity with the recent supply of turf to Ray Robinson Oval – it's assisted immensely with upkeep and preseason preparation.

Fernhill Soccer Club

Thank you for your professionalism and attention to detail with the installation of Sir Walter. It has transformed our newly built home with the finishing touch it so desperately needed.

Tim, South Nowra

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Patrick, Illawong 

Jed and his buddy are wonderful. You guys are a real credit to Turfco.

Robyn, Greenwell Point 

Thanks Marcus! I have to say you and your team are one of the most professional trades I have come across and the lawn looks great!

Belinda, Greenhills Beach

The area is looking excellent – a huge improvement on the original! I appreciate your team's efforts.

Lile, Keiraville 

Please thank your guy for a great install – we had the perfect weather for laying (rained all day!) Looking a treat and I'll be in touch for more just as soon as this lot is established.

Michael, Tallong

Thanks Marcus! I have to say you and your team are one of the most professional trades I have come across and the lawn looks great!

Greenhills Beach - Belinda Roberts

Big thanks to Marcus Josh and Jed – very professional, courteous with nothing being a problem, a job well done and another happy customer – will not hesitate to recommend you guys.

Kevin, Port Kembla 

Product arrived with good grass growth and a nice root mass. Please pass on my thanks to your team.

Jim's Mowing, Kiama

Hi Marcus and Jed, thanks again for your work, we really love our lawn!

Gary, Berry

The boys who laid the lawn were awesome... very polite, worked hard and more than helpful with instructions for care.

Bronwyn, Vincentia

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Would definitely use your company again in the future.

Karen, Mt Pleasant

Just a quick message to say a big thank you to the driver who delivered the Turf on Saturday. He placed the turf in positions that made it easier for our guys to lay the turf.

Thanks again.

Surf Beach - Ann

Thanks Joe and Marcus for everything and to the guys that did the lawn, they were fantastic and did a great job.

Melinda, Renwick

Jed and Jamie worked their butts off today and did a fantastic job turfing our front lawn. Your whole operation is totally professional and we could not be more pleased with the end result.

Tony, Sutherland

Hi Marcus , just to let you know that the boys and yourself are a credit to your company. Their work ethics are second to none. Thank you.

Lake Conjola - Mark

These guys were awesome! Nothing was too much to ask. Thanks again.

Susan, South Coast NSW

I am amazed at the difference the turf installation has made to the backyard. You made everything so very easy, I will certainly be recommending you. If I need turf again Turfco will be the first company I turn to.

Margarethe, Shellharbour

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Victoria & Gary, Illawarra

Excellent customer service. Marcus gave good advice on what turf to use and had no problems coming a second time to help us keep in budget. The team were polite, friendly, efficient and did a terrific job on our large backyard. It looks amazing. 

Anon, Berry

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Matt, Wollongong

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James, South Coast NSW

Thank you for the great job your guy did on Wednesday. I recommend you guys to everyone. Thanks heaps!

 Mick, Wollongong

Joe, Scott and the team did a great job yesterday and despite having all four seasons during the afternoon, we smashed the turf laying records and got the job done.

Jeff, Kangaroo Valley

Turfco did an amazing job at my place and now I want to repeat it!

Reece, Jervis Bay

Thank you for a quick and professional job at our school.

Mark, Wollongong