How to Lay the Perfect Turf

We all love our lawn! It has plenty of great benefits! It provides a fire break in bush fire areas, it reduces carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, it cools the area around your house, it absorbs all the ‘city’ noises, helps maintain the eco system, replenishes your soil and not to mention providing a great area for the kids to play!

If you do not yet have a lawn, and think that it is way to hard to get, then read on below to see how easy it is to lay your perfect lawn! And for more ideas and tips, visit here.

Pre- Site Preparation

The quality of your site preparation will determine the quality of your lawn. Ensure that you create a smooth, clear area for your lawn. To achieve this you must:

    • Remove all vegetative matter.
    • Remove all rubbish and debris (building rubble, cement and other materials that may be harmful to turfgrowth and development).
    • Allow for a drainage management system within the turfed area (have a plan as to where any excess water will flow to).

Site Prep



  • Incorporate a minimum of 50 mm of topsoil throughout the entire area.
  • The spreading of the soil needs to create the desired landscape (flat and level or undulating hills
  • depending on the desired result).
  • To ensure the turf and any hardscaped areas are flush the topsoil should be approximately 25mm below the hardscape height.
  • A slow release organic fertiliser is recommended to be spread evenly over the area to be turfed.


  • Lay turf around border first.
  • Lay turf at the bottom of any sloped area first, if your slope is greater than 30 degrees you may beed to peg your lawn on the slope.
  • Once the edges and slopes are done, lay the turf in a brick like pattern within the borders, running it the longest and straightest way possible.
  • Ensure there are no gaps between any of the pieces of turf. All pieces turf should be
  • closely butted up with each other.

Turf Laying Patern


  •  Do not use a piece of turf any smaller than 400mm x 400mm (this provides a greater chance of survival for that piece of turf and a more appealing uniform effect over the entire turfed area)
  • Ensure that all turf has direct contact with the soil.
  • Take your time and select the right type of grass for your area, situation and needs (dependant on shade, traffic, sunlight, water requirements and maintenance).
  • Selecting the most suitable turf grass variety will result in the best quality lawn.

Post Installation

  •  Water the turf for approximately 15 minutes within 30 minutes of laying the turf.
  • Roll the entire turf area with a suitable turf roller.
  • Water the turf after rolling.

Once installed you need to ensure that you maintain your lawn. Most turf provides will provide you information on How to look after your Lawn, ensure that you follow it.

I hope this helped you learn how to lay your lawn, and you can now create the greenest turf around!