Lay your own Turf lawn: Guide

Having a lush lawn can significantly improve the look of your home. The benefits of an even and uniformly green lawn are plentiful and can even increase the value of your property. While some prefer to hire a professional, those who are handy can turn laying a turf lawn into simple DIY project.

With the right turf supplies you’ll be able to lay your own turf lawn in no time with these 8 easy to follow steps.


8 Steps to lay your own Turf

Step 1 – Gather Supplies

Here is a list of Supplies that you will need:turf

  • Turf
  • Top soil
  • Sharp sand – if necessary
  • Pre-turf fertilizer
  • 50 x 50mm wooden pegs
  • Timber board – to stand on when laying the turf
  • Lawn feed
  • Garden spade
  • Turf cutter – for larger areas
  • Tiller or cultivator
  • Garden rake
  • Garden roller
  • Builder’s line
  • Club hammer
  • Lawn edger or long-bladed garden knife
  • Broom
  • Water sprinkler
  • Lawnmower
  • Gardening gloves
  • Wellington boots


Step 2 – Remove the existing lawn

Use a selective weed killer recommended for killing grasses; treat the existing lawn at the stated application rate. This will ensure the weeds and weed grasses from your old lawn aren’t coming up through your new turf. Remove the existing lawn using a turf cutter.

Step 3 – Figure out the turf size needed

Measure the length and width of the area to be turfed, multiply one by the other to give you the amount of rolls required. Use this measurement when selecting your new turf for the supplier.

Step 4 – Prepare the site

Remove existing grass by under-cutting it with a garden spade or edger. Dig over the area to a depth of about 15 centimeters and remove all debris, large stones, weeds and old tree roots. Use a tiller or cultivator to help with tougher, uncultivated areas or large sites.

Step 5 – Lay the Soil

Using a garden rake, rake over the ground to produce an even surface. Firm the soil down by lightly rolling it with a garden roller. Repeat this process until the area is level, even and firm. Then sprinkle pre-turf fertilizer over the area.

Step 6 – Mark your boundaries

Use a builder’s line and sharpened wooden stakes or pegs to mark out the exact boundaries of the lawn. Drive them into the ground with a club hammer.

Step 7 – Lay the Turf Lawn

After you have raked one last time to remove any additional debris, it’s finally time for the main event… laying the turf.

Start by laying the turf along all the edges first, with the longest sides of the turf parallel to the boundary line. Before laying it up to hard edges of sidewalks or stones, check that the top of the soil is level with all edging. Lay the turf edges tightly together without stretching, so there are no gaps.

Use a small timber board as a standing platform and begin laying turf strips left to right. Stagger them the same way you would when laying bricks to ensure there are no gaps between the turfs.

Use an edger to cut turf strips as needed, then use the flat edge of a garden rake to pat down the edges of adjacent strips. Fill in any gaps between the turf with soil and brush over evenly with a broom.

Finally, roll over the freshly laid lawn with a garden roller to level out the turf and bed it into the soil.

Step 8Water

Water the lawn as needed using a sprinkler system. Be sure to get care instructions for your turf supplier when purchasing your turf so you know how frequent to water.

Be sure to avoid any walking or treading on your freshly laid lawn for at least couple of weeks. Do not mow until the turf has rooted. To check if it has rooted by gently try lift an edge, if it’s hard to pull it up, then it has rooted.