How to lay turf

15 December 2022 by
How to lay turf
Mayomi De Silva

Installing instant turf can help to give your property an instant picture-perfect look. But to get a great result, you must prepare the area. Soil used under turf needs to be prepared properly so your new turf has a healthy bed to thrive and grow on. Daisy’s Garden Supplies offers quality turf, turf installation guides and maintenance advice to establish and maintain a healthy vibrant lawn.

Step 1 - Soil Preparation

Proper soil preparation is essential when planning to lay instant turf on your property. Mark out the area you plan to turf, remove existing weeds and grass and cultivate the area to a depth of 100mm to 150mm. From there, rake and level the soil, removing rocks, roots and large clods. If you need to add soil to build up low areas, we recommend you use Daisy’s lawn mix, a premium soil blend for growing lawns. From there, lightly roll the area to firm the soil surface and reveal low areas that need more soil. Watering the prepared area will settle the soil and provide a moist base for the turf.

Step 2: Measuring and Ordering

To ensure you order enough instant turf to create your new lawn, accurate measuring is required. To calculate your area if it is a square or rectangle, measure the length and width of the area and multiply together. If the shape is irregular or complex, call or come in to your local Daisy's store and one of the friendly sales team will help you work this bit out. Once the area is calculated and you’ve added a 10% extra ‘just in case!’, order the turf of your choice. Daisy’s supplies Anco ‘s quality instant turf. The popular ones are Sir Walter Buffalo, Tif Tuf Bermuda couch and Eureka Kikuyu

Step 3: Turf Installation & Watering

Install your lawn as soon as you can after delivery by rolling it out. Turf is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture to survive. In hot weather, protect unlaid turf by placing stacks in the shade or lightly sprinkling with water. Avoid gaps or overlapping. After installing the turf, roll the lawn with a lawn roller to improve the turf to soil contact and remove air pockets. Water daily or more often, keeping turf moist until it is firmly rooted (about two weeks). DO NOT ALLOW TURF TO DRY OUT. Ensure your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry, or windy periods. An important turf installation tip is to water areas near buildings more often where reflected heat dries the turf.

Step 4: Maintenance

  • Mowing
    Regular mowing is critical to keeping your lawn lookin great. New instant lawn can be mown approximately 14 days after installation. After that, continue to mow often, but do cut the lawn too short as it can damage the lawn and affect lawn health.
  • Fertilizing
    Fertilizers should be applied regularly all year round.

Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Turf – Premium Buffalo Turf

Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Turf provides a good quality lawn in both sun and shaded areas. Sir Walter DNA Certified Premium Lawn Turf is a superior quality soft buffalo grass giving unmatched performance for Australian conditions.

TIFTUF Bermuda Turf – The hybrid Bermuda Grass

Extremely drought tolerant and wear tolerant, TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda is ideal for front and backyards, as well as commercial and high wear sports areas.  TifTuf is the outstanding performer when a good-looking fine leaf lawn is required.

Sir Grange Zoysia

Sir Grange is a stunning, premium quality and drought tolerant lawn that requires less mowing than other varieties. It is suitable for sunny and partly shaded areas (dappled light).

Eureka Kikuyu Turf – The Toughest and Most Durable

A warm season turf that thrives in sun and heat. Eureka Kikuyu turf performs at its best when cut between 25-50mm and mown short each spring to reduce thatch

RTF Tall Fescue

Extremely dark green color all year round, RTF-Tall Fescue is ideal for front lawns and shaded areas.

Product Recommendations

Lawn Solution Premium Fertiliser

Lawn Solution Lawn Launcher

All Purpose Weed Control

Lawn Solution Oxafert