Poor drainage can can lead to a multitude of problems for your lawn. These include fungus, disease, weed infestation, and can even lead to your lawn dying.

To avoid problems down the track, it is best to have the drainage set up correctly prior to the installation of your lawn. Although this is ideal, sometimes the lawn is already down before we start to notice these problems.

So, what can we do?


Aerating your lawn has many benefits! The perforation of the soil allows for air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. Turfco has an aerating service that includes aerating your lawn with our specialised machinery and fertilising your lawn.

Although aerating is something we recommend you try first, if the drainage issue is quite severe this won't be enough.


If the soil is compacted and has a high level of clay, the combination of regular aerating and a topdress will improve the quality of the soil and lead to better water absorption. Topdressing should only be undertaken in the warmer months of the year. This will also give you an opportunity to fill in any unevenness in the lawn.

We recommend applying no more than 5-10mm thickness at a time. We also advise that you spread gypsum to help the water seep down deeper.

If the problem persists even after light amounts of rain, you will need to look at a more permanent solution.

French Drain

A French drain is created to provide a channel for water to flow through. The water runs into a trench filled with gravel, then into a pipe at the base of the trench.

For every metre of trench you need to have the slope at least 2cm from the highest point to the lowest.


A drywell is an underground structure that disposes of unwanted water, with an inlet line coming from a drain, downpipe or French drain. It helps the surface water to slowly soak into the subsoil.

Dry Creek Bed

A dry creek bed is a trench filled with gravel or stones, that usually follows the natural fall of the surface. This helps to divert and control the water by directing it away from low spots and preventing erosion through run off. Dry creek beds are not only a practical drainage solution, but are also becoming a common element for landscaping.

If you need help deciding on the best option for you, give us a call on (02) 4464 2033 or contact your local landscaper.

For more info on caring for your lawn visit our Lawn Care Page.


Our lawn is looking, great, I'm really happy with it; I never thought I would be a lawn person but turns out I am!

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

Nathan, Josh and Brendon were a delight to deal with and did a fantastic job.

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

Very very happy with the service we received, everyone was courteous, polite and professional.
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

Great product, excellent service and the most professional experience we have had so far with our renovation. Please use us as a referee to other potential clients, they won't regret it.

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

The new lawn looks great! Thank you very much, the boys did a top job.

Matt, Wollongong

Marcus and Joe are very professional and know exactly what they are doing; their friendly personalities and workmanship makes them a credit to your company.

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