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Lawn Care : Laying Turf

Laying Turf

How to lay instant turf slabs

Installing instant lawn yourself is fast and easy. Take a look at our DIY turf guide to create your very own green landscape. You'll have a great looking home lawn in an instant!

If DIY is not for you, Sunnyside Instant Lawn and The Turfguy can complete the project for you. Email our friendly team or complete an online enquiry form to obtain a no-obligation quote. 


DIY Turf Installation

If you're a home handyman or simply looking to complete a lawn project download our DIY lawn installation guide or view the below you tube video - "Laying your turf".

LAY TURF IMMEDIATELY

For best results lay your turf the day it is delivered. If you can not do this make sure your turf is in the shade and that the turf is kept moist.

1 - MEASURE TURF AREA

Measure your area to calculate how much lawn you need to buy. Measure the length and width of your area then multiply together. For irregular shapes divide into smaller squares or triangles. Calculated each section then add these together. Learn more

2 - PREPARING TURF AREA

Be sure to remove all existing grass and weeds with a weed killer. Remove any rocks, stones, weeds or existing lawn. Rake your area smooth and level soil to a height of 100mm. The prepared area should sit 30mm lower than the edging, pathways or borders. Learn more

3 - BEFORE LAYING LAWN

Place turf delivery in shade before laying to protect the turf on the pallet from sun or heat damage. Ensure the soil is damp and evenly spread a launcher fertiliser. 

4 - LAYING TURF SLABS

To lay your turf the soil should have some moisture. Not too wet but not too dry. It is best to start laying your turf along a straight edge e.g. driveway, path, fence etc. The rows of turf should be staggered like a brick pattern, ensuring all edges are neatly tucked in and there is no overlapping. If you are laying on a slope, it’s best to lay your turf across the slope rather than down, you may need to hold your turf in place with a stake until there is enough root structure to hold the turf in place. Use a sharp knife or a shovel to shape around odd shapes, garden beds, trees etc. After laying your turf smooth out any air pockets by giving your turf a light roll with a water filled roller, this will ensure good contact between the roots of the turf and the soil.

VIDEO - HOW TO LAY TURF WITH JASON HODGES


5 - WATERING AND ROLLING NEW LAWN

It is crutial to water immediately after installing. During hot weather or when installing larger quantities begin watering once you have layed half or a small section. Water in a methodical fashion ensuring that each slab has been watered thoroughly and evenly. The soil under the slabs must be kept damp until the roots have established. Watering 2-4 times per day is recommended but don’t flood it. Short 5 minute waters are best. If you have sub surface irrigation you must water from above until the roots have established. Roll the lawn with a water filled or concrete roller after the initial water, this will ensure maximum soil contact and will eliminate any air pockets left underneath the turf. Learn more

6 - FERTILISING NEW LAWN

During establishment fertiliser should be applied at certain intervals to ensure the plant receives the correct amount of nutrients. Learn more

We recommend the following fertiliser program-


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