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 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 of your lawn.

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Soil Preparation

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, 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.

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Turf Installation

Install your lawn immediately upon delivery. Begin watering the grass within 30 minutes if 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, 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.

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.

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Give your new grass lawn at least 25mm (1") of water within half and 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.

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.

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Regular mowing with either a rotary or cylinder type mower is essential. 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 you mower blades sharp. For correct cutting heights refer to the Instant Turf page.

2. Fertilizing
Fertilizer should be applied on a regular basis all year round. Small applications at frequent intervals give the best results.

For example 1 1/2 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.