Natural Instant Lawn Laying Process
Measure Site and Order Turf
Sketch out the area where the new lawn is to be installed.
Square and rectangle areas are easy to measure, however odd areas need to be broken up into basic shapes such as square, rectangle, triangles and circles.
Measure each area and write down the measurements.
Add the total together to get your final area.
Tip: It’s worth spending the extra time for measuring the exact area. Remember, Always Order Extra for any slight miscalculations especially for irregular areas. It’s always better to have some turf left over than run out.
Prepare the Site
Ensure that there are no signs of grass or weeds on the site.
To remove any grass or weeds, spray the area with chemical (such as Roundup or other similar products) and leave the area for 1 to 2 weeks until all the weeds are fully dead.
Prepare the Soil
Preparing the soil is the key factor in the lawn laying process.
The better the preparation, the better the final result!
The amount of work required to do this can be extensive or not much.
If the soil is already sanding and not hard setting, all you need to do is turn it over and level it. If you wish then organics compost can be added to help hold water in the topsoil for longer.
If you have poor, heavy or clay soil, it’s a good idea to remove a layer to allow for fresh sandy loam. The ideal depth of sandy loam ranges from between 5cm to 10cm.
If you are unsure of your soil type or how to prepare it. Soil testing would clear the doubt.
After the topsoil has been spread, roughly level it with a rake. The next step is to get the surface perfectly level in preparation for rolling out the turf. To achieve a level surface, the best results are achieved when using a hand-held soil screed. Soil screeds (sometimes referred to as levelling rakes) are an amazing tool and do a really good job of taking the highs and lows off the surface.
Lastly, remember to keep the soil level 25mm below your edges to allow for the thickness of the instant lawn when you roll it out. This way the turf will come up level with the borders.
Installing An Irrigation System (Optional)
This step is optional, However, is highly recommended due to the numerous advantages for easy on-going maintenance.
The irrigation systems should be installed before the loam and laying the turf.
Irrigation systems are the most water-efficient and time-convenient way of keeping the lawn green throughout the year.
Lay The Turf
Remember always plan ahead and choose a day for turf delivery with mild weather (extreme hot weather will dry out the turf roll). Once delivery has been received, the turf must be rolled out as soon as possible as the grass in a rolled-up state will deteriorate quickly, and hence it is best for the turf to be laid the same day as delivery.
Before rolling out the turf, it is recommended to apply instant lawn starter fertiliser combined with Lawn soaker wetting granules. Starter fertiliser provides a slow release, gentle feed to give the lawn all the nutrients it requires in the first 2-3 weeks. Lawn Soaker helps hold water in the topsoil for longer which reduces stress to your lawn while it's establishing.
The turf must be rolled out closely together so that there are no gaps, in a brick staggering pattern. Any excess turf will need to be trimmed and saved for odd areas.
Water the lawn within 30 minutes of installation and once the entire area has been installed, water thoroughly so that puddles are formed.
Maintaining your turf
The first 45-60 days after installation is critical, as this is when the lawn will establish it’s roots. This means that you will need to ensure the lawn does not dry out. The amount of watering required will vary based on the temperature on any given day. It is recommended that watering twice a day will provide long-term results.
Between 2 and 3 months after installation, a regular fertilising program must begin. This correct fertiliser program will help achieve:
Less water use
Greater environmental hardiness
Deeper grass colour
Greater resistance to pests and diseases