Expert Turf  - Instant Lawn Turf | Taranaki, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington

Preparation & Installation

Please follow these lawn preparation and laying instructions to assist you in achieving a professional result. Feel free to contact us if you need any advice.

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When to lay a new lawn

Unlike sowing, instant lawn can be laid at any time of year. Lay instant lawn after hard landscaping is complete i.e. driveways, paths, mowing strips, etc.


Spray out any existing vegetation with a non-residual herbicide such as Roundup. A repeat application two weeks later may be necessary to achieve an adequate result. For removal of an existing lawn we recommend using a spade or hiring a contractor to cut it off with a turf cutter.

Clear the site of all debris including sticks, stones, and old weeds and grass, and cultivate the soil to a depth of 1Ocm by either digging or using a rotary hoe.

Level the site with a rake taking care not to remove too much topsoil from any one area. Ideally, a minimum of 1Ocm of topsoil should be maintained across the site.

Consolidate the soil by tramping down by foot or using a light garden roller. Add soil if necessary and rake again to achieve a very smooth finish allowing up to 10mm at the outer edges for the thickness of the turf. The ideal final surface should be firm to walk on, leaving a footprint but no indentation.

Please discuss with us any lawn problems such as the presence of difficult to control grass weeds like kikuyu or paspalum, or difficult ground conditions such as poor water penetration. These will need to be resolved before laying your new instant lawn.

The preparation stage is vital to the finished result. Poorly prepared ground may produce an untidy finish or compromise the long-term survival of the lawn.


Now it is time to ring us and place your order for instant lawn, fertiliser and during summer months, wetting agent, preferably giving 24 hours’ notice.


Try to lay your instant lawn immediately after receiving it. In hot weather, keep any unlaid lawn in a shaded area and sprinkle with water if drying occurs. If necessary, it can last for 2-3 days in these conditions.

Apply an approved fertiliser over the soil to stimulate the root growth of the turf. Exercise caution as some fertilisers may burn the delicate roots.

Lay your instant lawn in a staggered fashion and always in the same direction. Begin at a straight edge if possible, and do not try to bend around corners. Butt all edges and ends together firmly but without stretching the turf. Trim away surplus turf with a sharp knife. Avoid laying small strips at outer edges as they will not retain moisture well and avoid standing on newly laid turf - use boards if necessary.

Roll your new lawn with a light garden roller or stamp down by foot to ensure good contact between the turf and the soil, paying particular attention to joins.

Water your instant lawn within 30 minutes of laying in hot conditions. Once laying is complete apply a wetting agent over the lawn during summer months to hold the water in the turf profile. Then water your new lawn thoroughly to a depth of 15cm (about 20 minutes).