Step 2: Site and Soil Preparation

  • If you are replacing existing turf, you will need to have removed the existing turf by either bobcat or spray with roundup and wait for a period of 14 days for all to die off
  • You need to clear the site from all debris i.e. sticks, rocks etc
  • Remember the time taken in site preparation will achieve the best results
  • Next is your soil purchase, a good quality landscape yard can help you, just remember you want the soil to be weed free and of a high quality (sandy loam is a good choice as it retains moisture), to calculate the measurement of soil required multiply the total square metres by the depth of soil you would like, for example soil depth is 100mm (0.1 x total square metres = cubic metres required).
  • Gypsum is also recommended for clay areas, this will help breakdown the clay and provide proper soil drainage
  • Spread top soil out using a rake (a wheelbarrow and shovel will be handy if moving large amounts of soil around) across the area which you intend on turfing, to a minimum depth of 150mm.
  • Eliminate any future drainage problems by ensuring that the soil slopes away from any housing foundations or pathways
  • Smooth the soil, ensure you have an even surface with no debris, we recommend you hire a roller, this will also ensure you have a smooth surface
  • Be sure to keep your soil about 2 – 3cm below sidewalks or driveways as your new lawn needs to be laid on top (typically the slabs are 25mm in height)
  • Lightly water the prepared area, this will settle the soil and provide a moist base for your turf
  • Turf Launcher or Water crystals are recommended to be added to the topsoil prior to laying your new lawn (this will assist in water retention and the establishment of the root system) for more information, please ask our friendly team at Australian Lawn Concepts.