More Than Just Turf

Installation of Turf

Our very experienced team will transform your lawn into something you can really be proud of.   We provide installation services from Taupo through to Whangaparaoa.  Below is the procedure we follow when installing new turf. 


The site first if weeds are a problem using Roundup or a similar non-residual herbicide.It is preferable to leave this for 7 – 14 days to ensure that an adequate result has been achieved. In some instances, a follow up spray may be required. 


The site by digging or using a rotary hoe to a depth of 100mm. This is often avoidable on new sites where fresh topsoil has been applied. 


The site using a board, rake or screed. If necessary, add topsoil to fill any hollows or low spots. Allow 5 – 10mm around your edges to allow or the thickness of the turf.


The area by tramping by foot or using a light garden roller. This is a very important part of the process to ensure that moisture retention is adequate. This ensures that the surface does not deteriorate after installation. Once this has been completed, it may be necessary to give the soil a final rake to smooth out any foot prints or imperfections in the surface. 


The entire area with an even application of Preplant fertiliser at 4kg/1000m2 which is available from Finelawn. Just enquire from one of our friendly staff when you place an order. 



Your turf by phoning our free phone (0800-346-352) by 4pm two days before the delivery is required. If you do not have an account with our company, simply have your credit card handy to quote the relevant details at the time of phoning. 


Your turf in a staggered brick like fashion , preferably starting from a straight edge.The turf must be laid immediately upon delivery. It should be stored in a cool or shady site. Ensure that all edges and ends are tightly butted together. Cut and trim any extra ends by using a sharp knife.


Your lawn after installation to ensure that there is good contact between the turf and the soil. This is best achieved by using a light garden roller. 


The turf within 30 minutes of installation. Maintain watering up to saturation point until the turf is firmly rooted. Ideally, watering should occur in the morning with a light spray at the hottest part of the day (2-3pm) during summer, just to remove the heat from the surface. Avoid ponding of water, especially on hot sunny days as that water will heat up and scorch the grass. Watering should exceed the rate of evapotranspiration, which is the rate at which the water is lost from the soil and plant system. In the height of summer, this water loss can exceed 6mm per day. To ensure this is being done, place a dish on the lawn where the sprinkler is going to accurately determine how much water you’re actually applying. 


Your new lawn little and often after installation. The first cut should occur within seven (7) days of installation with ideally follow up cuts occurring every 5-6 days. Always remove the litter by using a catcher. Ensure that the mover blades are sharp so that the leaf blade is cut rather than torn. As a rule of thumb, remove no more than 20% of the total leaf area with each cut and maintain cutting heights as the recommended height. 

Contact Us

406 Tauwhare Road, Tauwhare, Hamilton 3283
Phone: 07 856 3555 / 0800 FINELAWN (0800 3463 5296)
Fax: 07 856 1025

Our hours are 7.30am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday. (closed public holidays)