How to Lay Turf
Measuring and Ordering
Laying instant turf requires accurate measurements. Use a tape measure to work out 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. As professional instant lawn suppliers, we can determine the amount of instant turf you will need from your sketch. If the area is of a rectangular shape, then all you need 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 following a new lawn installation.
Schedule your order for delivery of turf after preparatory work is completed and you are ready to for your new lawn installation. A key turf installation tip is to laying turf promptly on the day of delivery to ensure a strong beginning and healthy foundation. Knowing how to lay grass effectively can make a big difference in the longevity and enjoyment of your lawn.
When planning how to lay instant turf on your property, proper soil preparation is essential. For best results, use a lawn rotary hoe or dig the area evenly to a depth of 100mm to 150mm. Eliminate drainage problems for your instant turf in Melbourne 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 to optimize.
Rake and smooth the soil removing any rocks, roots and large clods. 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 etc. Water the prepared area to settle the soil and provide a moist base for the turf.
Install your lawn immediately upon delivery by rolling out your instant turf. Turf is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture to survive. In hot weather, protect unlaid turf by placing stacks in shade, or lightly sprinkling with water. 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 joints 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.
Rolling turf after laying is important. After installing the turf, roll on lawn with a lawn roller to improve turf to soil contact and remove air pockets.
When getting advice on how to lay lawn turf, anyone will tell you that following a new lawn installation, you must avoid walking or kneeling on turf as this will cause indentations or air pockets.
Instant turf in Melbourne and Australia-wide must be watered within half an hour of laying instant grass. Regardless of the weather, give your new lawn installation least 25mm (1″) of water within half an hour of laying. 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.
After two weeks, regular 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. An important turf installation tip is to 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 to ensure your new lawn installation can firmly knit with soil for a successful, smooth turf.
Regular mowing with either a rotary or cylinder type mower is essential for your instant turf in Melbourne and Victoria. Your new instant lawn should be mown 10-14 days after installation. Continue to mow often, generally no more than 1/3 of the grass height at a mowing. Keep your mower blades sharp. For correct cutting heights refer to the Instant Turf page.
Fertilizer should be applied on a regular basis all year round. Our professional lawn supply team can advise which fertiliser will suit your instant turf type and budget. Small applications at frequent intervals give the best results.
For example, 1 ½kg/100m2 per month of lawn fertilizer will keep your new lawn in an active healthy condition.
From time to time you may need advice or assistance in caring for your lawn. Contact us directly for the best lawn care advice possible.
Keep in mind that 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 for many years.