How Much Does It Cost to Lay Turf in Sydney, What Are the Prices?

Are you thinking about having some fresh turf laid on your lawn in Sydney? If so, you are likely wondering how much a job like that is going to set you back. In this article, we are going to address the questions: ‘how much does it cost to lay turf in Sydney?’, and ‘what are the prices?’ Please bear in mind that we are going off national averages and that the prices listed in this article may not be entirely accurate depending on where you are or who you are dealing with.

Cost to Lay Turf in Sydney

So, what does a lawn installation actually cost? Well, the average price of having turf installed in Sydney is approximately $28 AUD per SQM. However, as you may have already guessed, this price will vary significantly depending on the lawn variety that you choose and how much preparation is involved. To give you a rough idea though, most new lawn laying projects will cost you between $18 and $34. So, for an area of say, 50m2, you could be looking at somewhere in the region of $1400.

If you are looking for the turf only—absent installation—you can expect to pay between $5.50 and $14 AUD per SQM. Sure, ideally you want to have a professional landscaper come and lay the turf for you, but if you are desperate to save as much money as you can, you can certainly install the turf by yourself (or with a few friends to help you).

Turf Prices in Sydney

When it comes to the actual cost of the various turf varieties, the cheapest VS the most expensive isn’t that far apart. Thus, it is definitely worth paying that little bit extra for the turf variety which best suits your needs, taste, and requirements.

With the 50m2 area in mind, a basic Kikuyu turf will cost around $350 delivered. On the other hand, a Soft Leaf Buffalo comes in at around $700. Paying twice as much for the finest quality turf seems fair enough.


What Differentiators Influence the Price of Turf?

The major factors that determine how much a lawn variety costs is its shade tolerance, salt tolerance (paramount if your water source is high in salt content), level of maintenance required, and overall aesthetic appearance (year round).

The level of maintenance is arguably the biggest factor. For example, a standard Kikuyu—if looked after properly that is—requires mowing at least once a week throughout the summer months. However, a Plateau Couch on the other hand, only requires mowing every 2-3 weeks, and only once or twice throughout the winter time.

Naturally, most people would prefer a lawn type that isn’t going to take up too much of their time. It all comes down to you, the individual, and what you want to get out of your new lawn.


How Much Does It Cost to Lay Turf in Sydney with Installation Included?

So, let’s say that you’ve selected your favoured lawn type and now you need somebody to install it. What are the key factors that will determine the overall price? It will largely come down to soil prep and access to the soil variety used.

As a rule of thumb, it is recommended that you remove 100mm of your top soil in order to lay and spread a special lawn mix from a reputable supplier. Of course, if you are keeping to a tight budget, you can skip this part and stick to a light lawn sand or straight plasterers sand instead.

In keeping with the 50m2 lawn area, a special lawn mix will cost around $400 AUD, whereas standard sand will come in at $200. Please note that if you do opt for sand as opposed to the special lawn mix, you will be required to fertilise your lawn appropriately as the nutrients will be flushed through much quicker in comparison to a special lawn mix.

Assuming that you have good access to the lawn and it has a relatively simple square shape, a landscaper shouldn’t require too long to lay it properly. Depending on how big or complicated the space is—and how many labourers are involved with the installation—you shouldn’t expect to pay much more than $12 to $22 AUD per SQM.

If you have had to remove and dispose of a similar amount of soil, then you should expect to double that, including the cost for tipping (disposing of the soil properly). However, if your existing soil is in excellent condition and has had a successful lawn growing in its place prior to this new project, then a simple top up with some fresh soil and fertiliser will be required. In this case, your expected costs will be between $4 and $11 AUD per SQM.


The average Australian can expect to pay around $15 per SQM of lawn. This and with the true cost of your favoured turf in mind, the cost of having a new lawn installed is actually incredibly affordable. Even if you opt for the most expensive lawn type, the costs involved with having it installed on your behalf are attractive.

If you are interested in a quick, easy, and pain free process, A View Turf can be of assistance. Simply contact us today and we can advise you on the best turf variety for your individual needs and requirements, and sort you out with an accurate quotation for your convenience.

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