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   Sep 02

Preparing Your Land Before Laying Turf

Welcome to DIY tips for preparing land before laying turf.  I received these tips from a tradie when I recently had my lawns re done!

There are several steps you need to take before laying turf, these steps are important to ensure the turf is laid flat, will drain well and can form new roots.


Clear Entire Area:

You need to make sure the entire area is free from debris and other obstacles that may get in the way of laying turf.  This includes rocks, tree stumps, stones, any garden utensils, rubbish and any organic matter.

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Leveling and Grading:

Ensuring that all the ground where you want to lay your turf is smooth and level is extremely important. You should ensure that you complete grading away from the building or your house or you may experience unwanted moisture within your home (which can lead to mold and mildew).  You will need to ensure that your slopes are not too steep as this will not allow appropriate drainage.

During the grading process you may find more debris or rocks which is necessary for laying your turf.

You will then need to go over your surface to flatten the area; this process is called ‘tiling soil’. By tiling your soil you will be able to prevent any weed growth and will improve water flow. However you should complete this process without rushing, as you want to be accurate. You should aim to till soil to about 6cm.

Also important to know is that you should complete this process only if the soil is dry, and warm. Moist soil will make tiling difficult and messy.

If you’re unsure whether you will be able to complete the grading process yourself you may have to hire a bobcat. You’ll find many companies will hire out bobcats for this specific service, or with ‘soil preparation’ as an actual service. If you choose to utilise professional help like I did it will ease the heavy lifting.

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Adding Topsoil:

Your next step is to then go ahead and add topsoil to the area. It’s important that you have about 11- 14 centimeters of topsoil (in depth). When you add topsoil you should utilise specific types of soil, such as loamy soil, sandy loam or those in between.

It’s important that you don’t stress too much about getting the right topsoil as you can adjust the soil with mixing others to get the right result. In order to get the right pH result with your soil you’ll need to complete a chemical soil test.

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It’s a good idea to add some finishing touches on the soil by going over the soil again with a hired bobcat or rake just to get the all the slopes corrected. Also you should go over the area with a lawn roller to get the soil firm before laying turf.

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If you’re only laying turf in small area then you should be able to complete the entire process with minimal tools. However if you’re planning on laying turf on an entire backyard, or sports field you will  need to hire out some equipment. With such a large surface area the tasks you need to complete may vary in quality and not present an all-round continuity. One of the most important things about preparing for turf is to have everything prepared in the same way, to ensure your results are not patchy or uneven.

If you need to hire out a bobcat for the job you can contact Matthew Ward Bobcats, they provide bobcat hire and more to a most of QLD.

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