Preparation of Site:
Preparation is the key to a professional job. To make certain that your new turf grows as desired, the ground surface preparation is of utmost importance. Any drainage problems and soil level need to be considered at this stage. A good quality loam soil to a depth of 100mm to 150mm levelled and drained free of weed, is a good foundation for a healthy lawn. If you wish to use your existing soil, you need to ensure that the pH level of your soil is at the right level. Do make sure that you have a good soil base as this will have a bearing on the final outcome of your turf. To attain this we advise the following:
- Spray round up or Glyphosate 7 days prior to laying of lawn to kill all weeds. 150ms of “Round up” to 15 litres of water will 100m2.
- Remove all vegetation – Bobcat, hand rake or hire turf cutter
- In heavy soil or clay areas us Gypsum to break the soil up, at 25kg to 100m2 raked in.
- In light / sandy soil areas use Dolomite / Lime , raked in at 25kg per 100 m2
- Add soil as needed to achieve at least 150mm in depth
- Ensure that the soil level is 30mm (45mm for Sir Walter) below footpaths and driveway levels, to allow for the laying of your turf. This can be done manually using a rake, shovel and wheelbarrow.
- Fertilise before laying is essential.
- Compact soil to when you only leave a boot mark, not a boot indent behind.
Install your new lawn immediately. Turf is a living product and will be gradually degrading. We advise all turf should be laid within 12 hours of delivery.
- Soil level should be at a 25mm to allow for the thickness of the Nullarbor Couch slab.
- Ensure the soil is not hot before laying turf.
- Apply a light fertilizer to your topsoil before laying. We recommend using Sir Launcher. Sir Launcher is a blend of slow release fertilizer and water crystals that hold water near the roots during establishment and afterwards for a long lasting, healthy lawn.
- Begin laying the turf slabs along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk.
- Butt and push ends against each other tightly, without stretching. Lay the strips in each row in a brick like fashion. Using a sharp knife to trim corners, to avoid overlay.
- After installing your new turf, roll the entire area to improve turf and promote soil contact.
- Turf should be kept moist. Water within first 15 mins of laying. A soaker hose is the preferred method of watering as they keep the turf moist with the minimum amount of water and the least amount of flooding the sub soil.
- Follow instructions and watering guide on the care sheet.