How to lay instant turf

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How to lay instant turf

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Project Overview

Learn how to create a lush green lawn using instant turf. We’ll show you how to prepare the area and give you tips on drainage. Then you’ll see how to lay the turf and cut around trees and short edges.  We also have some handy tips to help you take care of your new lawn.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare the area
2 Lay the turf
3 Cut around tree trunks
4 Water in the new turf
  • Step 1. Prepare the area

    We’ve already prepared the area with some topsoil and some wetting agent to hold the moisture underneath the turf.  There is sandy soil in this area so there’s really good drainage. If you have clay soil, dig down 100 to 150mm and add sandy loam and gypsum to improve the drainage.  Use the rake to spread the topsoil evenly. Level it out with the soil spreader, which runs bars over the soil to give a really fine grading on the top.

    Spread the lawn builder or startup fertiliser. Start in one corner and work your way back for even coverage. Use the hose to wet it down and create a moist surface for the turf.

  • Step 2. Lay the turf

    Lay out the first piece of turf and butt it up hard into the corner. It’s important not to kneel on the turf or stretch it. Butt the heels of each piece of turf hard against each other to avoid air pockets and drying. To avoid lines lay each piece in a brick pattern. Use secateurs to cut turf to fit at each end. 

  • Step 3. Cut around tree trunks

    At the tree trunk lay the turf right up to the base of the tree and lay the excess up the tree trunk. Use secateurs to cut around the base of the tree. Repeat on the other side of the tree. 
  • Step 4. Water in the new turf

    Use the hose to water in the new turf. Give it a good soaking to encourage the roots to settle in. You need to keep the turf wet for the first 4 to 6 weeks. After that water less to encourage deep rooting. Keep foot traffic off the area for the first 4 weeks.

Tools and Materials


  • Gloves
  • Hose
  • Rake
  • Secateurs
  • Soil spreader
  • Turf spreader


  • Instant turf
  • Lawn builder or startup fertiliser
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