Don’t know how to lay instant turf? Not to worry.

This step-by-step video guide from Bunnings will show you how to prepare the area and lay your instant turf.


I’m going to show you how to lay instant turf. The tools we’ll need for this job is a turf

spreader, gloves to protect my hands, secateurs to cut the turf, we need a hose, rake, we

need the instant turf and we’ll either need a lawn builder or a startup fertilizer to

really help establish the root system of the lawn. So, we’ve already prepared the surface

area with some top soil and some wetting agent to hold the moisture underneath the turf.

We’ve selected a buffalo turf for this area because we’ve got the tree above and there’s

a fair bit of shade. The buffalo will really handle the shade a lot better than say a cooch

grass or a kikuyu. Because we’ve got sandy soil, we’re really lucky as far as drainage

goes but we’ve had to add a lot of topsoil in here as well as a wetting agent to hold

the water near the roots of the lawn. If we had a clay soil, we’d have to dig down 100

to 150 mil and add sandy loam and gypsum to improve the drainage.

So, to prepare the soil for laying the instant turf, you use your rake to spread out your

topsoil and then level it out with your soil spreader. The way the soil spreader works

is it just runs the bars across the top of the soil to get a real fine grading on the

top. Since we’ve already done that, we don’t need to use these tools, but that’s how you

prepare for instant turf. So, we’re going to put down the lawn builder or the startup

fertilizer. Make sure when you do this you that follow the instructions on the packet

because too much can burn the roots of the lawn. It’s important when spreading the fertilizer

to start from one corner and work your way back, just to make sure you get an even coverage.

So, now we’ve spread the fertilizer we just need to wet the fertilizer in to create a

nice moist bed for the turf to lay on. Okay so, we’re going to start in the corner. We’re

putting our first roll of turf in. We’re going to butt that up hard against both of the sides

of the corner. It’s important to try not to kneel on the turf or stretch the turf, as

it needs to remain compact in the soil so the root system doesn’t get disturbed. Laying

turf can be a one person job but I’m going to get Rob to give me a hand. When you’re

putting the next piece of turf in make sure that you butt up the heels of the turf together

so they form a nice edge, and that way you want get as much dying off with the joints.

So, to avoid having all the joints in the same position, we’re going to lay it in a

brick shape pattern, which will help retain the moisture and again you’ll get less dry

off. All you do for this is start the next roll of turf halfway up the first roll and

then we’ll cut a piece to fit into the corner. All we need to do is lay the turf out next

to the piece. Just make sure that it’s butted up hard against the edge and then with a pair

of secateurs, we’re just going to cut the joint. Make sure when you’re laying the turf

that you’re butting up each piece hard against the next one to avoid any air pockets. It’ll

help to stop the dry off.

Now that we’ve got our two starting rows, we’re just going to continue right down to

the other end and work our way across. Okay so, we’ve come to the tree in the middle of

the lawn. Same process as cutting for the ends, except instead of cutting a straight

line we’re going to cut around the tree. So, I’ve laid the turf up against the tree, butting

up nicely against the piece of turf behind it, but what I’ve done is put the excess turf

up the tree trunk and then I’ll just cut around the base of it. So, it forms a nice curve

around the tree. We’re just going to repeat the process for the other side of the tree

and then just keep laying the turf. Okay so, we’ve got on the last run of our turf here

and we’ve only got about half of the width of the turf left to go. So, all we need to

do is lay the turf over the gap and then cut to size and just lay it as normal in your

brick pattern.

Remember it’s important when laying your turf to butt the pieces up close together but don’t

overlap them, because you need to have a nice seam so that you don’t get any die off. Now

that the turf’s down, we’re going to water it in. If you can water it in within the first

half an hour that’s ideal, but just as soon as you can afterwards, give it a really, really

good soaking and that way it’ll help the roots to settle in. You need to keep the turf wet

for the first four to six weeks depending on your climate. After that, you can back

off the watering a little bit to encourage deep rooting in your grass. So, now that the

lawn’s in all that’s left to do is keep foot traffic down to a minimum for the next four

weeks but that’s it. Instant turf.


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