1) What soil type should I use for the lawn?
Use Sandy loam soils that are free draining.
2) What is the ideal soil PH level for lawns?
6.5 –7 is ideal. Anco offer a free soil PH test. Drop into one of our stores and bring along 1litre of soil for a free soil ph test.
3) How often should I water?
Water new turf immediately that it is laid. The new turf may need up to 4 waterings per day. After the turf can’t be lifted reduce the number of waterings.
4) When should I fertilise and how often?
Use Lawn Starter on new turf and then fertilise with a High Nitrogen Lawn Food 4-6 weeks after laying. For warm season grasses such as Sir Walter, Eureka Kikuyu and Nullarbor Couch fertilise twice in Spring, Summer and Autumn. There is no need to fertilise in winter.
5) When should I first mow my new turf?
New turf usually takes 6 weeks to establish its root system if laid properly. We recommend medium to high mowing after approximately 6 weeks. Once the turf cant be lifted mow the turf to its highest recommended cutting height which is listed on our website for each turf type. Gradually reduce the height over several cuts remembering not to mow more than 1/3 of the leaf off per mow. Mowing regularly reduces scalping and keeps the lawn healthy. Sharpen mower blades regularly.
6) How do I aerate a lawn and why?
Use a Garden fork and push the fork in to a depth of at least 90mm every 8-10cm. Rock the blade back and forth taking care not to break through the surface. Aerating reduces compaction which is a major cause of shallow rooting, disease and wear.
7) Is it OK to lay turf in winter?
Of course. Laying instant turf in Winter is a good idea, as extra rainfall can assist with creating a healthy root system. Also, fresh turf is less likely to be overused in Winter. Although winter is not the optimum time to lay turf varieties such as Sir Walter DNA Certified, Eureka Kikuyu and Nullarbor couch will all initiate roots in winter when laid as turf. Keep all wear off the new turf until the spring if laid in winter. RTF Tall Fescue will develop well in winter from Turf. It is not recommended to lay Buffalograss in shaded areas in winter. For shady spots wait until spring to lay turf.
8) How do I know if I have Lawn grubs?
Dig up the lawn in an area that is still green on the edge of a dead patch to a depth of 100mm and see if there are any white curl grubs (Cockchafers). If so apply the appropriate control. To break the life cycle of the Beetle larvae (Cockchafers) apply the correct insecticide in October and again in mid January.
9) How do I get rid of moss?
Moss is usually a sign of moist compacted soil that is not draining. Aerate the lawn and apply either a solution of Copper Sulphate or Iron sulphate. If the area is particularly wet consider adding drainage to eradicate the problem.
10) Is it safe to water during the day?
Yes you can water at any time but be careful not to let water pond in spots on very hot days as this may scold the leaf.
11) What Is Instant Turf?
Instant turf is one of the quickest ways to achieve a lovely, green lawn. Instant turf is cultivated by lawn suppliers like Anco Turf to create green outdoor spaces for domestic or commercial use.
12) Best Time to Lay Turf in Melbourne?
You can achieve a successful lawn by laying your instant turf at any time of the year in Melbourne, as rainfall tends to occur all year round and helps to establish deep root systems. Autumn, Winter and Spring are preferable.
13) How Much Does Instant Turf Cost?
The cost of instant turf will depend on the turf variety you choose. Expect to pay between $9.25 psqm for cost-effective Eureka Kikuyu turf, and up to $13.75 psqm for Premium Sir Walter Buffalo turf. Trade discounts are available at Anco Turf.
14) How Much Instant Turf Do I Need?
Once you have measured your outdoor space, you can use our handy calculator to work out how much instant turf to buy. Anco Turf’s lawn professionals can assist with calculating obscure areas by phone or email.
15) How Much Is Instant Turf Per Metre?
The price of instant turf per square metre ranges from $9.25 to $13.75 (including GST). Trade discounts are available.
16) How Often Should I Water New Turf?
Frequent watering is best for new turf. Start by watering daily for the first 2-3 weeks and then reduce to a few times per week if weather isn’t too hot.
17) How to Install Turf?
For DIY turf laying, refer to our instruction page for the best outcome. Landscapers will know how to lay instant turf and should have the necessary equipment on hand.
18) How to Lay Instant Turf?
Lay your fresh turf immediately upon its delivery or receipt. Preparing your soil should be done in advance. Refer to our instruction page for step by step advice.
19) How to Lay Sir Walter Buffalo Turf?
Prepare and level your soil in advance to ensure fresh turf can be laid immediately. Follow our useful guide for laying instant turf.
20) How to Measure Instant Turf?
Turf is calculated in square meters. Use a tape measure to work out the size of your outdoor space, and turf will be supplied accordingly. You can also use our convenient turf calculator.
21) How to Top Dress Kikuyu Lawn?
You may choose to start by aerating your lawn prior to top dressing to create holes for extra penetration. To Top dress simply use a rake or similar, to spread your lawn nutrient mixture atop the turf. Add extra in low or bare patches.
22) What Is Lawn Thatch?
Lawn thatch is a problem that occurs when a dead layer of debris builds up between green sprouts and soil giving lawns an unattractive look.
23) When is the Best Time to Lay Turf?
Instant turf can be laid at any time of year, but it is best to avoid excessively hot weather. Winter and Spring are popular times for laying turf.
24) When to Dethatch Kikuyu Grass?
Once you have determined a thatch problem, you can dethatch your Kikuyu grass immediately.
25) When to Fertilise New Turf?
As each season changes, we recommend using fertiliser to keep your lawn balanced and beautiful. Speak to our lawn care professionals to find the best fertiliser for your lawn.
26) When to Mow After Top Dressing?
You should mow just before applying a topdressing to your lawn and then allow 4 weeks for the nutrients to absorb before mowing again.
27) When to Scalp Lawn?
Lawn scalping can be done anytime if thatch becomes an issue, but it is good practice to scalp (mow lawn as close to ground as possible) annually, in Spring time to allow healthy rejuvenation.
28) Where Can I Buy Colour Guard Lawn Paint?
To enhance the look of your lawn, Colour Guard lawn paint is perfect. Anco Turf supply a range of Colour Guard products.
29) Where to Buy Instant Turf?
Anco Turf is the largest supplier of instant lawn, lawn care products and specialised turf service in Melbourne and Victoria. We guarantee certified DNA pure lawn varieties to ensure the ultimate lawn solution. Buy your instant Lawn from Anco Turf.