When it comes to arranging a new lawn, the first step is preparing the area you want to lay. From ensuring the site is in top condition to some basic maintenance that will help your future lawn grow, it is important to prepare the ground you plan on laying.

Thinking about redoing your front lawn or backyard? Below is a step by step guide on how you can prepare and lay grass the right way.

Turf Care

1. Spray weeds in advance

All existing lawns and weeds need to be sprayed with Roundup 14 days before laying your new lawn. This will reduce any chances of weeds invading your new future grass.

2. Excavate when needed

Excavation is needed if the existing ground is compacted and the levels are too high against paths and driveways. The level should be 150mm to 200mm below any path.

3. Check the soil quality

Soil quality. Your local nursery will be able to give you advice. If it is of poor quality (clay based or too sandy) this can be rectified by purchasing a good quality top soil from your local nursery. Quantity of soil required for every 100m2 is between 5 and 10 tonnes, which will give you a depth of 25mm to 50mm.

4. Spread soil evenly

Spread the top soil out evenly using a rake or a piece of timber. Making the surface, to be turfed, as flat as possible will give a better result

5. Mix fertiliser in

If the top soil doesn’t have any fertilisers mixed in then add, at the recommended rate, fertiliser/lawn food to the area to get the best possible results.

6. Leave soil to set

If your soil is of good quality, this should be sprayed with Roundup and left for the 14 days, as above. The area needs to be worked over to a depth of 100 – 200mm (hire a cultivator or a rotary hoe for larger areas).

7. Lay Turf Straight Away

For best results the turf should be laid on the day it is delivered. This is because it should be at its freshest when installed.

8. Water once installed

You need to water your turf within 30 minutes of laying while it is fresh. Watering automatically will help establishment as turf requires immediate soil contact and moisture to thrive.

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR SITE

Measure the length and width in metres and multiply the two measurements.

If you have an irregular shape, draw a plan and draw rectangles
over the area and add up the total in square metres.

Lawn-Measure

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Sir Walter DNA Certified Turf

Locally grown and produced, Sir Walter DNA Certified turf is a variety that has proven to grow in the most extreme weather conditions- hot or cold. Extremely low maintenance, you’ll undoubtedly love this buffalo variety.

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    High
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    Shade Tolerance
    High
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    Broad
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    Wear
    High
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    Maintenance
    Very low
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TifTuf Bermuda Turf

Almost 25 years of research has produced Tif Tuf Bermuda Turf, a resilient and beautiful grass that is made to last. With incredibly high wear and weather tolerance, this grass is perfect for high traffic areas.

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    Drought Resistance
    Extremely high
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    Shade Tolerance
    Moderate
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    Very fine
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    Wear
    Extremely high
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    Maintenance
    Very low
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Sir Grange Turf

A successful product from turf grass breeders, Sir Grange Zoysia is made to please. Initially created for golf courses, this manicured grass is an outstanding performer that will survive those harsh Australian droughts.

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    Drought Resistance
    Extremely high
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    Moderate
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    Fine
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    Moderate
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    Very low
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Zoysia Australis Turf

Zoysia Australis is a tough and hardy, medium-textured Zoysia japonica with a beautiful blue/green leaf. It’s a new Zoysia variety that provides solutions for Aussie families with its ability to be installed in a wide range of areas.

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    Drought Resistance
    High
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    Shade Tolerance
    High
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    Fine
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    Wear
    Very High
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    Low

Eureka Kikuyu Turf

Eureka Kikuyu is the perfect lawn solution for those looking for an economical all-rounder grass. Not only has it proven to survive most Australian weather climates, but it has a sturdy wear tolerance to match.

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    Drought Resistance
    Moderate
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    Shade Tolerance
    Average
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    Leaf
    Medium
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    Wear
    High
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    Maintenance
    Moderate
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Nullarbor Couch Turf

Nullarbor Couch Turf is long-lasting and easy on the eye with its fine blade and dark green colour. Affordable with a rapid recovery from wear, this grass variety would be perfect for any property.

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    Drought Resistance
    High
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    Shade Tolerance
    Average
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    Leaf
    Fine
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    Wear
    Extremely high
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    Maintenance
    High
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Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in learning more about taking care of your lawn? Below we answer frequently asked questions asked about turf care.

  • Do I have to lay the lawn immediately or can I leave it for a few days?
  • Turf is a living, breathing plant and needs to be installed immediately when it is delivered. The turf needs to be bought into contact with the topsoil and moisture as soon as possible.

  • When is the best time to lay our new lawn?
    • A lawn put down in down in warmer weather will require more water and will take root quicker.
    • In the cooler months your lawn will not require as much water but will take longer to get established.
  • Will I be able to prepare and lay my lawn?
  • We can provide you with all the information and instructions you need to get the best results from our turf. With our step by step plan, we take you from the preparation of your land right through to the laying and the maintenance after of your lawn for the following years.

  • Will I be able to talk to someone should I run into any problems?
  • We don’t think you will have any problems but you can be assured we are certainly available for hands on advice. When you are successful at laying out turf then we are successful.

  • How do I get on with looking after my new lawn if water restrictions are reintroduced?
  • New water exemption for residential customers with new or renovated homes. Residential customers should contact Sydney Water on 13 20 92 during business hours and select ‘Option 2 for Water Restrictions’.

    Furthermore, you can also have a look at our article on the 2019 water restrictions which demonstrate how you can maintain a healthy lawn while obeying the law.

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