LAWN INSTALLATION

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    DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL ROLL ON LAWN INSTALLATION SERVICES IN PERTH

    As part of Perth Turf Supplies’ complete services, we can install your new instant roll on lawns throughout the Perth Metropolitan area. We have installed hundreds of lawns at all kinds of domestic and commercial sites professionally and efficiently, so why not get the professionals to complete your roll on lawn installation today. However, if you wish to carry out a lawn installation yourself, we have provided some valuable information and advice to follow.

    How To Install Your New Lawn

    Planting Of Roll-On Turf

    SOIL PREPARATION

    Before removing an old lawn, spray it with Roundup (Glyphosate) at the recommended rate to kill the old lawn and any weeds. Allow 2 weeks to take effect and then remove it before bringing in new soil or soil improver.

    When preparing for your new lawn installation, the soil preparation is considered the most important stage in your lawns establishment. Depending on the quality of soil already there, we recommend applying at least 100mm of lawn mix soil or black topsoil to the area. This allows for deep penetration of air, moisture and roots.

    LEVELLING

    Remove any debris including leaves, roots, twigs, rocks and weeds from the soil area. Level and shape the ground when the soil is dry using a straight board. Allow 30mm below paths, driveways and similar areas for the grass to be laid on top and remain level with the surrounding surface. Soil water repellency may be overcome with the use of a wetting agent, such as Richgro's Ezi-Wet soil wetter.

    Please note: If reticulation is to be installed, now is the stage to install the system. The sprinkler heads should be positioned 20mm above the surface of the soil allowing for the height of the lawn. Reticulation is strongly recommended for establishing any lawn, particularly through summer.

    SOIL IMPROVEMENT

    After levelling the ground, we recommend the use of a soil improver such as Palmetto Underlay. One bag per 10 metre squared is required and this thin layer can be raked through the top of 50mm of soil. This will improve the water-holding capacity of the soil and provide essential nutrients. Level the ground after raking and mixing through the soil.

    Just before laying your turf, we recommend wetting the soil and spreading Turf Start or Dynamic Lifter at a rate of 20kg per 100 metre squared. This slow release organic fertiliser naturally helps the new turf in root development. Perth Turf Supplies also recommends using a wetting agent, such as Richgro's "Ezi-Wet" soil wetter.

    LAYING

    When laying, turf rolls should be laid as soon as possible after delivery. Lay the turf rolls in a stretcher bond pattern as you would in brickwork. Butt joints tightly but do not overlap edges and use a steak knife to cut turf to fit curves, edges and sprinkler heads.

    WATERING

    On hot days, lay the turf in sections and water well to prevent drying. On cooler days, the entire area can be laid before watering. Water the completed lawn surface thoroughly and repeat watering at regular intervals to keep the turf moist at all times, until rooted. Be sure to take care that the water is saturating the soil beneath the turf.

    The first 10 days after lawn installation are critical. In the colder months, the turf will take longer to establish. The turf should not dry out until the roots are established.

    COMPACTING AND ROLLING

    After laying all turf, water it in well and roll with a heavy roller or compact with a plate compactor to eliminate irregularities and to form a good contact between turf and soil. Watering with a hose in front of the compactor will help.

    TOPDRESSING

    Topdressing very lightly using a lawn mix or clean sandy soil will help to stop the joints from drying out and improve the level, but it is not vital.

    FERTILISER

    Lawns need to be fed to remain strong and healthy. Apply a good lawn fertiliser at a rate of 2kg per 100 square metres about 8 weeks after laying. We recommend using Palmetto Premium Lawn Fertiliser, which can be purchased from us.

    Use a complete fertiliser in early April and early September. A slow release fertiliser should be used for all regular 8 weekly feeds. If you need to green up quickly, apply a fertiliser high in nitrogen to promote lush green lawn. Do not use a fertiliser with an added weed killer on Buffalo lawns.

    MOWING

    Mow your instant lawn lightly within 7-10 days after the lawn installation is complete in the warmer months and after it has taken root in the colder months.

    Planting Of Stolons And Runners

    Stolons are chopped sections of runners and stems of grasses, each section having joints that will produce growth when properly planted and grown. Being vegetatively propagated from selected strains, stolons are true-to-type, grow quickly, and are weed free.

    Planting runners is best done in the warmer months of spring, summer and early autumn. Turf establishment through the use of stolons is an accepted, inexpensive and widely proven practice.

    SOIL PREPARATION

    Before removing any old lawn, spray it with Roundup (Glyphosate) at the recommended rate to kill the old lawn and any weeds. Allow 2 weeks to take effect and remove the lawn before bringing in new soil or soil improver.

    When preparing to lay your new lawn, the soil preparation is considered the most important stage in your lawn's establishment. Depending on the quality of soil already there, we recommend applying at least 100mm of lawn mix soil or black topsoil to the area. This allows for deep penetration of air, moisture and roots.

    LEVELING

    Remove any debris such as leaves, twigs, roots, rocks and weeds from the soil area. Level and shape the ground when the soil is dry using a straight board. Allow 25-30mm below paths, driveways and like-for-like areas for the grass to be laid on top and remain level with surrounding surface. Soil water repellency may be overcome with the use of a soil wetting agent.

    Please note: If reticulation is to be installed, now is the stage to install the system. The sprinkler heads should be positioned 20mm above the surface of the soil allowing for the height of the lawn. Reticulation is strongly recommended for establishing any lawn, particularly through summer.

    SOIL IMPROVEMENT

    After levelling the ground, we recommend the use of a soil improver such as Palmetto Underlay. Generally, 1 bag per 10 metre squared is required, and this thin layer can be raked through the top of 50mm of soil. This will improve the water-holding capacity of the soil and provide essential nutrients. Level the ground after raking and mixing through the soil.

    RUNNERS

    Spread the shredded runners evenly over the soil surface at a rate of one 10 litre bucket full to 6 square metres. Work in manageable areas of no more than 18 square metres at a time to avoid exposed runners drying out. Spread as evenly as possible to ensure even coverage. This cannot be done in windy conditions.

    Please note: Buffalo runners should be planted in rows approximately 150mm apart. Skip Step 4 and go straight to Step 5.

    ROLLER AND DISC

    Roll the runners into the soil surface with a disc bladed roller making sure that all runners are buried. Roll the disc in several different directions ensuring that most of the runners are pressed firmly into, and beneath the soil surface.

    Roll the area with a cylinder roller making sure all runners are buried. A crisscross action may be necessary to ensure proper planting. This ensures close contact of runners and soil needed for prompt growth. It also enables you to flatten out any irregularities and form an extremely even lawn.

    WATERING

    Thoroughly water each section immediately after planting as runners will quickly die if left in the dry hot soil. Thereafter, planted areas will require irrigation for 3-5 minutes several times daily to ensure rapid root development.

    FERTILISER

    Apply a lawn starter organic fertiliser after planting at a rate of 100gms per square metre or approximately 1/2 cup full. From then on, a recommended lawn fertiliser such as Palmetto Premium Lawn Fertiliser should be applied lightly every two weeks until maturity is reached.

    Contact us today on 08 9330 8787 for roll on lawn installation advice and services!
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