How to Prepare Your Lawn For Turf Installation

Looking at the lawn, one may come to the conclusion that residential artificial turf is just what they need. Residential turf is cost-efficient, eco-friendly, and low-maintenance, making it convenient for anyone who wants a new lawn to take care of and display. As you embark on this little makeover, it is important to note a few critical steps that are required for preparation. The preparation process may need to commence at least two weeks prior to the turf installation date, so you should keep that timeline in mind as you read through and try out the processes that are required.

Step 1: Spray

If you believe that rocks, weeds, and debris would be in the way, then you would be correct. These need to be taken off of the lawn to make the transition go more smoothly. Not only that, but you would afterward need to go through the process of removing your existing lawn. A very useful tool for this would be an herbicide spray like “Round-Up” or “Zero.” Of course, you would need to follow the instructions on the label in order to use it in the most safe manner, both for yourself and for the environment. For satisfying results, use the spray at least 14 days before the new turf gets installed. Seven to ten days after using the spray, you can use it once again if there are any green patches still intact.

Step 2: Soil Preparation

After you have removed any unwanted hindrances from the turf site, it is time for soil preparation. You will need to buy a Soil pH Test Kit to evaluate the condition of the soil. For reference, your soil’s pH levels should be between 6.0 and 6.8. If you measure and find that the number is lower, then you should add 500g of lime juice per square meter. When I measure again following this step, the soil quality may be more satisfactory. Once that is done, you would then rotary hoe the soil to a 4-inch depth and then form a smooth surface on the soil with a rake. Next, place some organic matter on top, which would increase the quality of the soil structure and give your lawn some nutrients. Make sure that the soil is 3.5 inches lower than any surrounding pavement so that the turf is at the same level as the pavement. Lastly, use a starter fertilizer to improve the root structure of the turf.

Step 3: The Last Level

This may sound a bit redundant, but at the end of your process, you should rake the soil again to level it. As you do this, get rid of any debris you may find. Such debris may have arisen during the hoeing step, so it is best to double-check. Once you have completed this leveling process, the lawn will be ready for the turf installation. You will rest easy knowing that you have prepared the turf site so that the new turf can be used to its maximum potential. As long as you follow these directions, you will be all set.


Artificial turf can be very beneficial for the overall look of your home, and perhaps even look better than the turf that you had on your lawn prior. If you are interested in buying some and getting it installed, you can get in touch with SYNLawn by either filling out this form or calling 866-796-5296. If you have any questions regarding the turf installation process, they would be able to answer those questions with ease. This is an investment worth considering, so feel free to look into it and see whether new turf installation is the right choice for you.


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