Getting started with your instant turf
How to Lay Turf
Measuring and Ordering With a tape, measure the area of your planned lawn, include these measurements on a sketch of the lawn area with the length and width and any unusual features. We can determine the amount of turf you will need from your sketch. If the area is of a rectangular shape, then all you need to do is phone the measurements through and we will work it out for you. Please measure your turf area carefully as we are unable to accept returns. Schedule your order for delivery of turf after preparatory work is completed and you are ready to install. Prompt installation on the day of delivery is crucial to a strong beginning for your lawn.
For best results, rotary hoe or dig the area to a depth of 100mm to 150mm. Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from the house etc. Check to see that your soil does not require lime, if it does, apply at the recommended dose, then rake in a complete lawn starter fertilizer. Rake and smooth the soil removing any rocks and roots. Roll and consolidate the soil lightly, this will firm the soil surface and reveal any low areas that need more soil. Keep the soil level 20mm below paths. Water the prepared area to settle the soil and provide a moist base for the turf.
Our fleet of Semi Trailers delivers direct from the farm to your door from Monday to Saturday. Deliveries are usually in the morning so that your turf can be laid fresh on the day of delivery.
Our Drivers will contact you on the afternoon prior to the next day’s delivery with a delivery time.
Our Truck mounted forklifts drop the turf kerbside and if required will place the turf where instructed. Deliveries to be placed inside a property boundary require the signing of a waiver by the property owner. Click on this to print a copy of the delivery waiver. Please get this signed by the owner and return it to us prior to delivery.
Install your lawn immediately upon delivery. Begin watering the grass within 30 minutes of installation. Turf is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture to survive.
In hot weather protect unlaid turf by placing stacks in shade. Begin installing turf along the longest straight line such as a driveway or path. Butt and push edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching. Avoid gaps or over lapping. Stagger the joins in each row in a brick like fashion, using a large knife to trim corners etc. Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges as they will not retain moisture. On slopes place turf across the slope.
To eliminate causing indentations or air pockets, avoid walking or kneeling on turf while it is being installed or just after watering. After installing the turf, rolling the entire area to improve turf/soil contact and remove air pockets is beneﬁcial but not essential.
Give your new grass lawn at least 25mm (1″) of water within half an hour of installation. Water daily or more often, keeping turf moist until it is ﬁrmly rooted (about 2 weeks). These ﬁrst two weeks are the most critical time for the turf. DO NOT ALLOW TURF TO DRY OUT. This can take up to 2 months to establish planting in the cooler months.
Then less frequent and deeper watering should begin. Weather conditions will dictate the amount and frequency of watering. Be certain that your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry or windy periods. Water areas near buildings more often where reﬂected heat dries the turf.
Caution: During the ﬁrst three weeks avoid heavy or concentrated use of your new lawn. This gives the roots an opportunity to ﬁrmly knit with soil and ensures that turf will remain smooth.
Regular mowing with either a rotary or cylinder type mower is essential. Your new Instant Lawn should be mowed 10-14 days after installation. Continue to mow often, generally no more than 1/3 of the grass height at a mowing. Keep you mower blades sharp. For correct cutting heights refer to the Instant Turf page.
Fertilizer should be applied on a regular basis all year round. Small applications at frequent intervals give the best results.
For example 2 kg/100m2 per month of lawn fertilizer will keep your new lawn in an active healthy condition.
From time to time you may need particular advice or assistance in caring for your lawn. Contact us direct. Your new lawn increases your property value signiﬁcantly. With proper care it will remain a great asset, providing beauty, a clean playing surface and an improved environment.