Site Preparation

Measuring Your Lawn

 Clearing site

  • Clear the area of weeds, grasses and any other unwanted plants, paying particular attention to Kikuyu & Couch which are extremely invasive.
  • This is best done by spraying with a weed killer such as Roundup or Zero (Glyphosate) a minimum of ten to fourteen days prior to laying your new lawn.
  • Once it has all been killed, rotary hoe or spade the area to a depth of 100mm.
  • Remove any sticks, stones and roots.
  • Level and smooth the soil by raking.

Evaluate your soil

  • Many building sites will have had their top soil totally removed and if the clay subsoil is exposed the application of natural gypsum at a rate of 1 kilogram per square metre is recommended, followed by up to 200mm dressing soil mix.
  • Most turf varieties prefer and perform best on light sandy soil. In some locations where the subsoil has a high proportion of sand the application of an additional soil mix may be unnecessary. However in order to assist with the leveling of your lawn a fresh layer of soil mix is often useful.
  • A starter fertilizer containing water crystal applied to your site before the turf is installed is highly recommended. Check our lawn care products.

Laying of Turf

  • Start at a straight edge e.g.: driveway, path or fence.
  • Lay turf in a brick pattern.
  • Roll out turf, make sure that each roll of turf is butted tightly together, do not overlap edges.
  • Use a large, sharp knife to trim around trees and flower beds.
  • Rolling the turf will smooth out air pockets and bumps and will ensure good contact with soil.


  • Once the area has been turfed water immediately to prevent it from drying out. Water your turf to saturation point.
  • After the initial watering, water should be applied early morning and early afternoon for 7 to 10 days. More watering will be required in the hotter weather.
  • The lawn should then be watered once every second day in spring and summer after which a weekly water should be sufficient with the exception of Soft leaf buffalo which will need to be watered every day for the first 4 weeks.


  • When the turf cannot be easily lifted, this indicates your lawns roots systems has begun to bind with the soil.
  • Mowing will be needed approximately 3 to 4 weeks after laying.


  • One month after laying fertilise your new lawn with a good lawn fertiliser. Check out our lawn care products section to choose from our suggested range of products. Fertilising should be done at least 4 times per year to ensure a good healthy lawn.

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