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Overview

It's time to roll out the green carpet and give your yard the star treatment, by laying some brand-spanking new turf! It's surprisingly easy to do it yourself.

Steps

1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.
Tools and materials needed to lay turf

2Prepare the area

Head down to your nearest Bunnings and grab some top soil and wetting agent. Placing this underneath your turf will give your lawn its best chance of starting off on the right foot. You will want to have between 50-100mm of topsoil on the ground before you get started. Have your turf delivered on the day you plan to install it and remember to check the weather forecast – if it’s going to be hot, start early to prevent your turf from drying out.
A stack of turf strips, tools, wetting agent, fertiliser and lawn soil next to an area of bare soil

3Work in the soil

Once you've emptied all your bags of soil on the turf area, it's time to work it in. Start with a rake, then use a spreader – these nifty contraptions are available to purchase from Bunnings. A spreader will make sure your topsoil is evenly and smoothly distributed across the lawn area.

A spreader being used to flatten an area of soil

4Lay down wetting agent

This stuff is vital if you want to make sure your turf has the best chance of growing. Simply sprinkle your wetting agent evenly over the top of your soil, then smooth down with your spreader.

A person sprinkling granules of wetting agent on an area of soil

5Place down some fertiliser

Once you've sprinkled on your wetting agent, open a bag of starter fertiliser and sprinkle over the area – this will help encourage your new lawn to grow. Make sure you follow the instructions on the bag so you know how much to add.

A person sprinkling granules of fertiliser on an area of soil

6Make your soil moist

Grab a hose and give your soil a good wetting so it's nice and ready for the turf.

A person watering an area of soil with turf strips stacked nearby

7Lay your turf rolls

This is the fun bit! Lay your first piece of turf, making sure you butt it up nice and firm against the corners – it's important not to kneel on the turf or stretch it. Lay each piece hard up against the last to avoid air pockets and any drying out. So as not to have lines, lay your turf in a brick pattern.

A person laying a strip of turf next to a footpath

8Cut to fit

Use shears to trim your turf pieces to the correct size. Remember: don't throw any off-cuts away – you may need them to fill any gaps down the track. Once all the turf is fitted, walk over it to smooth over any bumps – if you have a larger area, you'll probably need to use a lawn roller. Once it's all in, use your hose to give it a good water – this will encourage root growth.

A person trimming a piece of turf using shears

9So fresh and so green

How great does your new patch of turf look? Remember to water your lawn every day for the first four to six weeks to make sure it stays moist at all times. After that, you only need to water every two days as this will encourage deeper root growth.

A person standing next to a finished lawn looking happy

10Watch the full episode

Check out the full episode from Make It Yours for more front yard inspiration with Dale Vine.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.