Clearing the Site


Rid the site of weeds and grasses, particularly Kikuyu.  This is best done by spraying with Glyphosate (Roundup) a minimum of ten (10) days prior to laying the turf.

  • Rotary hoe or spade the soil to a depth of 10cm.
  • Remove debris including sticks, stones and roots.
  • Smooth the soil by raking.
  • Review soil condition and type and apply fertiliser.

Soil Types


  • Most turf types prefer and perform best on a light sandy soil.  In locations where the subsoil has a high proportion of sand the application of an additional soil mix is unnecessary.
  • Many building sites will have their top soil removed.  In situations where the clay subsoil is exposed a direct application of natural gypsum at a rate of 1 kilogram per square metre is recommended.  Followed by up to a 200 mm dressing of 80% course river sand, 20% soil mix, as recommended by your soil supplier.
  • On good soil sites the addition of an additional soil mix may not be required.  However, in order to assist the leveling of the site a course river sand, as recommended by your supplier, could be applied at a rate 1.5 tonnes per 100 square metres.
  • Turf underlay soil – spread to a depth of 50-100mm, depending on your site soil. You will need to order 1m³ of underlay for every 20m² of turf area if you are putting it at 50mm depth. If organic compost such as manure is used, ensure it is well composted. Level off soil with a rake and then firm by watering.

Measuring and Ordering


  • Use a tape measure to measure the site.  (length and width)
  • With these measurements call Millers and we will help you to calculate the amount of turf required – please note unusual features – trees, shadows from buildings etc. and discuss these with a representative.
  • For Millers to contact you please complete our online order form by clicking here.

Laying Turf


  • Where possible start at a straight line to lay your turf.  eg driveway
  • Lay turf is a brickwork pattern.
  • Lay out the turf as you would a rug.
  • Make sure that each roll of turf is butted against each other. (do not overlap)
  • Use a large knife to cut around flower beds etc.
  • Roll the turf to smooth and to reduce air pockets.
  • Water to saturation point immediately when the job is finished with the equivalent of 20mm of rain.
  • Start watering approximately 20 minutes after the first strip has been laid.
  • Thereafter a level of moisture sufficient to encourage strong root growth should be maintained.
  • For more information about watering visit Lawn Care.

Millers Turf supply only the best fertiliser to ensure that your new lawn stays healthy.  Talk to us for advice on fertilisers suitable for your lawn, as well as lawn care tips.  Click here to contact us.

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