If installing new turf in a area with existing grass, spray out with a glyphosate herbicide as per manufacturers recommendations, approx. 10-14 days prior to cultivation, to remove grass and weeds.
Cultivate area to a depth of approx. 100mm. If soil is poor cover with 50-100mm of good quality top soil. Rake and screed level, about 30mm below paths and driveways etc. Remove any rock, clods etc. and ensure soil is sloped to maintain correct drainage from buildings etc. Apply fertilizer as required.
If ground is dry apply a light sprinkle of water to moisten, prior to installing turf. Install your new turf immediately upon delivery, begin laying turf along the longest straight line i.e. driveway, fence line or footpath. On slopes install turf across the slope, butt edges snugly together without stretching the turf, stagger the ends in a brickwork fashion. Trim edges around obstacles and avoid causing indentations by repeated walking or kneeling during installation.
Light roll the turf for a great finish and to improve turf – soil contact. Give your entire lawn a good soaking or water within 1/2 hour of installation. This is critical for the establishment of the new turf, if large areas are being installed water as you go.
Week 1 and 2 water your lawn once or twice a day to ensure it stays moist until the turf is fully established. Week 3 and 4 give your lawn a good soaking once a week, at this stage your lawn should be ready for a light mow, check by lifting the turf to see if the root system has taken to the soil, never mow more than one third of grass height.
Time of year and weather conditions will affect the establishment of your lawn. It is important NEVER TO LET YOUR LAWN DRY OUT in the first 2 weeks. Avoid excessive traffic and use of your new lawn for the first 4 weeks.
Once fully established, watering, mowing and fertilizing should be a “as required basis”, fertilizer applications are recommended in Autumn and Spring.