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Lawn Installation

Lawn Installation sub-sections:

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 Ghyphosate 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.

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Installation of Sir Walter:

Preparation

A good quality loam soil to a depth of 100-150mm, levelled and drained, free of weeds is needed for a good foundation for a healthy lawn.

  • Remove all vegetation
  • Till or spade the area to depth of 400mm. (Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations.
  • Soil test your lawn area. (You can have one of our lawn consultants’ a call.)
  • Rake smooth soil, removing rocks, roots and large clods. In heavy soil or clay areas use Gypsum (25kg/100m2) to break the soil up or in light sandy soil areas use Dolomite/Lime (25kg/100m2) depending on the pH of your soil.
  • Keep the grade 40mm below sidewalks and driveways.
  • Water area to settle the soil and provide a moist base for turf.

Installation

  • Apply a light fertilizer before laying of lawn is crucial. i.e Slow release fertilizer Water crystals are also an option to help maintain moisture under the turf. (We recommend Sir Walter Turf launcher, this fertilizer contains nutrients and starter fertilizer that are vital to early root establishment and healthy plant growth, plus water storage crystals that hold water near the roots during establishment.)
  • Install your Sir Walter immediately, (or as soon as possible). Turf is a living product and will be degrading on the pallet therefore all turf should be laid within 12 hours of delivery.
  • Begin laying Sir Walter along the longest straight line, such as 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 Sir Walter, roll the entire area to improve turf – soil contact.
  • Turf should be kept moist. Water within first 15 mins of laying, insure the soil is not hot prior to turfing. 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.
  • Avoid heavy or concentrated use of new Sir Walter lawn for the first 2 -3 weeks to give the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with soil, and enures that the turf will remain smooth.
  • Week 1: Water twice a day, preferably morning and afternoon.
    Week 2: Water once a day but watering should be longer to encourage the roots to search deeper.
    Week 3: Water 2 – 3 times per week. By week 3 we recommend you should be mowing your new Sir Walter. Never mow off more than 1/3 of leaf at a one time.

Maintainence

  • Watering: Watering infrequent deep watering is always recommended to promote a deep root system.
  • Fertilizing: Fertilize with a slow release fertilizer during the growing season. i.e Early Spring, summer and mid autumn. We recommend Premium Buffalo Blend.
  • Mowing: Mowing height recommended is 45 – 65mm in full sun, 75mm in shade.

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Installation of Oz Tuff :

Preparation

  • Till or spade the area to depth of 100 to 150 mm. (Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations.)
  • Soil test your lawn area. (You can have one our lawn consultants’ call.)
  • Rake smooth sol removing rocks, roots and large clods.
  • Rake in fertilizer, lime, organics compost etc as needed to a depth of 50mm to 150mm
  • Keep the grade 25mm below sidewalks and driveways.
  • Water area to settle the soil and provide a moist base for turf.

Installation

  • Apply a pre plant fertiliser like chicken manure pellet at 2 kg per 10ms or a general fertilizer like Crop King 88.Water crystals are an option to help maintain moisture under the turf.
  • Install your lawn immediately, or (as soon as possible) upon delivery. Turf is a living product and will be degrading on the pallet so all turf should be laid within 12 hours of delivery.
  • Begin installing turf along the longest straight line, such as 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 and to avoid overlay.
  • Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges as they will not hold moisture.
  • After installing the turf, roll the entire area to improve turf – soil contact.
  • Water within first 15 minutes of laying, insure the soil is not hot prior to turfing. 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 area.
  • Week 1: Water 2 times (morning and afternoon) a day during the 1st week to help replace lost moisture in the thatch zone.
    Week 2: Watering should be reduced to once a day but watering should be longer to encourage the roots to search deeper.
    Week 3: Water a couple of times per week. By week 3 we recommend you should be mowing your new lawn. Never mow off more than 1/3 of the leat at any one time.
  • Avoid heavy or concentrated use of new lawn for the first 2 – 3 weeks to give the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with soil, and insures that the turf will remain smooth.

Maintainence

  • Watering: Infrequent deep watering is always recommended to promote a deep root system.
  • Fertilizing: Fertilize with a slow release fertilizer during the growing season. i.e. In early spring and early autumn.
  • Mowing: Mowing height recommended is 15 – 30 mm, (higher in shady areas, up to 50mm). Mow regularly to avoid the scalping effect and avoid removing more than 1/3 of the leaf area per moving.

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Installation of Wintergreen:

Preparation

  • Till or spade the area to depth of 100 to 150 mm. (Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations.)
  • Soil test your lawn area. (You can have one our lawn consultants’ call.)
  • Rake smooth sol removing rocks, roots and large clods.
  • Rake in fertilizer, lime, organics compost etc as needed to a depth of 50mm to 150mm
  • Keep the grade 25mm below sidewalks and driveways.
  • Water area to settle the soil and provide a moist base for turf.

Installation

  • Apply a pre plant fertiliser like chicken manure pellet at 2 kg per 10ms or a general fertilizer like Crop King 88.Water crystals are an option to help maintain moisture under the turf.
  • Install your lawn immediately, or (as soon as possible) upon delivery. Turf is a living product and will be degrading on the pallet so all turf should be laid within 12 hours of delivery.
  • Begin installing turf along the longest straight line, such as 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 and to avoid overlay.
  • Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges as they will not hold moisture.
  • After installing the turf, roll the entire area to improve turf – soil contact.
  • Water within first 15 minutes of laying, insure the soil is not hot prior to turfing. 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 area.
  • Week 1: Water 2 times (morning and afternoon) a day during the 1st week to help replace lost moisture in the thatch zone.
    Week 2: Watering should be reduced to once a day but watering should be longer to encourage the roots to search deeper.
    Week 3: Water a couple of times per week. By week 3 we recommend you should be mowing your new lawn. Never mow off more than 1/3 of the leat at any one time.
  • Avoid heavy or concentrated use of new lawn for the first 2 – 3 weeks to give the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with soil, and insures that the turf will remain smooth.

Maintainence

  • Watering: Infrequent deep watering is always recommended to promote a deep root system.
  • Fertilizing: Fertilize with a slow release fertilizer during the growing season. i.e. In early spring and early autumn.
  • Mowing: Mowing height recommended is 15 – 30 mm, (higher in shady areas, up to 50mm). Mow regularly to avoid the scalping effect and avoid removing more than 1/3 of the leaf area per moving.

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