Step 1 - Soil Preparation
Clear weeds from the area to be turfed. This can be done by using a non-selective herbicide, such as glyphosate. Ideally weeds should be cleared 7-10 days before turfing.
If the area requires excavation, this should be done next.
Adequate drainage is essential for a successful lawn. Rotary hoe, or cover area with good quality top soil: If clay based, apply gypsum prior to covering with top soil or rotary hoeing.
Rake area to a fine smooth finish.
Step 2 - Measuring and Ordering
With a tape, measure the area to be turfed. Measure length and width in metres and multiply the two measurements. Also include any odd shapes or unusual features to the nearest possible measurement.
This should result in the total amount of turf required in square metres. For assistance with measurement, don't hesitate to contact us! It may interest you that one roll of cut turf measures 2.5 m long with a width of 0.40m (1 square metre).
Turf is a living plant, and for best results should be delivered on the day planned for laying. Turf should be laid immediately upon delivery.
Begin watering lawn within 30 minutes of installation, especially in summer. Turf requires ground contact and moisture to survive.
Step 3 - Laying Your New Lawn
Begin by laying your new lawn around the outside of the area to be turfed, against pathways, garden edges, etc. forming a border. Then continue by laying across any slopes you may have, trimming excess turf at the border along the outside, with a knife or spade.
Turf should be laid in a brick pattern for a neater finish. Butt and push ends against each other tightly, without stretching. Avoid leaving gaps or overlapping. Note: on a large lawn it is best to complete small sections by rolling turf as you go, so watering your new lawn can commence.
Give your new lawn at least 25mm of water within 30 minutes of installation. Water daily (depending on weather conditions), keeping turf moist, until it is firmly rooted. Be sure your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry or windy periods.
Check turf by carefully lifting in areas, and checking for moisture and new roots. Once turf cannot be lifted, waterings can be spaced to once or twice a day ( depending on weather conditions. Caution: avoid heavy or concentrated use of your new lawn in the first few weeks after laying, allowing the roots to firmly knit with the soil. A bump free, firmly rooted surface will result.