How to Prepare to Lay Turf
STEP 1 – Soil Preparation
If there are any weeds in the area to be turfed firstly clear weeds and all forms of debris from the area by hand, or alternatively use a non-selective herbicide, such as Round Up™ on the weeds, then wait for 10 -14 days, and then clear all weeds and debris. If the area requires excavation, this should be done next.
Adequate drainage is most important for a successful lawn. Cover area with good quality turf underlay if necessary or you may just need to rotary hoe the soil to a depth of approximately 10 – 15 centimetres. Smooth the soil by raking the area and then apply a starter fertilizer such as Dynamic Lifter™ and then rake in.
STEP 2 – Measuring & Ordering
You will then need to measure the area to be turfed. Measure the length and the width (remembering to include any odd or unusual features to the nearest measurements). Multiply the width and length and add the unusual features. This should give you the total area to be turfed in square metres.
If you are able to apply the measurement lengths and widths to a sketch, we will calculate for you the amount of turf required for your area. FAX your contact details with your sketch to: Attention Joyce on 4579 6997.
STEP 3 – Laying Your New Turf
Begin laying your new lawn around the outside of the area to be turfed, against pathways, garden edges, fences which will create a border. Then continue laying your area with rolls laid end to end across your yard. Push ends against each other tightly, without stretching and avoid leaving gaps or overlapping.
Once laid we recommend topdressing your new lawn especially Buffaloes with some more turf underlay or topdressing soil. Spread evenly all over then use back of rake to even out and then wash soil in with pressure of hose. This will help keep it moist and take better.
Watering the new lawn should start within 30 minutes of you laying your first roll of turf. At least 25mm of water is required. Continue to water twice daily (depending on weather conditions), keeping turf moist, until the new turf is firmly rooted. (You can check the new root growth by gently lifting a roll at an edge.) Be sure your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry or windy periods.
Monitor your new lawn by carefully lifting in areas, and checking for moisture and new roots. Once turf cannot be lifted, watering can be spaced to once or twice a week. Avoid heavy or concentrated traffic on your new lawn in the first few weeks after laying, to allow the roots to firmly knit with the soil.
STEP 4 – Mowing Your New Lawn
Your new lawn will be ready for mowing once it is growing well and it is firmly rooted. Make sure of this before you consider mowing. When first mowing your new lawn make sure your blades on your mower are sharp and making sure you cut only 1/3 of a leaf off and no more. After mowing give it a good drink, this will help it to blossom. Mowing regularly at your desired height not allowing it to overgrow will give you a lovely, lush, healthy lawn.
Should you have any queries before during or after your turf being laid please don’t hesitate to call us for more advice on how to get the best out of your new lawn and to keep it growing strong.
For helpful tips contact us on: 1300 ABC TURF (1300 222 887)