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PreparationGuide

Preparation

Turfing your new lawn allows you to enjoy instant beauty and maturity without the usual time-consuming hassles of seeding. Within a few hours, turf can transform a yard from bare soil to a lush living carpet of mature grass.Turf is often referred to as instant lawn, rollout lawn and ready lawn.

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Maintenance Guide

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When can I install a turf lawn?

Turf has revolutionised the lawn business! Now you can install a turf lawn anytime during the year when the ground can be cultivated. There is now no need to wait for the right season to put in your new lawn.


Where can I use turf?

Turf can be installed practically anywhere,even where seeding is impractical or impossible. Turf is often used to stop soil erosion and water pollution on slopes where rain would normally wash away both seed and soil.

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Preparation

Measuring & Ordering

With a tape, measure the area for your planned lawn. Include these measurements on a sketch of the lawn area with the length, width and any unusual features. Calculate the area in square metres. Allow an additional number of turfs for irregularly shaped areas where there may be a lot of cutting involved. Phone Turflands for any assistance. Make sure all preparatory work is completed and you are ready to install prior to the expected arrival of your turf. Prompt installation on the day of delivery is crucial to a strong beginning to your new lawn.

Site Preparation

For best results, cultivate the area to a depth of 10 to 15cm. Eliminate potential drainage problems by installing tiles or perforated pipe underground and have soil levels sloping away from any foundations. Lightly rotary hoe or rake in a lawn fertiliser at recommended rates to a depth of 5 to 10 cm. Rake smooth the soil, removing stones, roots and large clods. Roll the area lightly with a lawn roller. This will firm the soil surface and reveal low areas that may need more soil. Keep soil level 10mm below footpaths and driveways. Prior to installing turf, water the prepared area to settle soil and to provide a moist base for the turf.

Turf Installation

Install your turf as soon as possible upon delivery. In hot weather protect unlaid turf by placing turf in shade and covering with moist sheets. Begin installing turf along the longest straight edge, such as a driveway or footpath. Butt and push edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching. Avoid gaps or overlaps. Stagger the joins in each row in a brick-like fashion, using a sharp knife to trim corners etc. Avoid leaving small strips at outer edge as they will not retain moisture. On slopes, place turf across the slope. To avoid causing indentations or air pockets, avoid repeated walking or kneeling on the turf while it is being installed or just after watering. After installing the turf; roll the entire area to improve turf/soil contact.

Watering

Give your new lawn a good watering within 30 minutes of installation. Water daily to keep the turf moist until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks). 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.

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