Here’s an amazing fact; Did you know that the average sized lawn produces more oxygen than the world’s largest tree? A pretty compelling reason to treat your lawn to some TLC!
If you are starting out with fresh new turf, there are some tips to make sure your turf has the best chance to thrive:
- Make sure the area you want to lay turf on is suitable. Think about shade, mowing & access to good quality water.
- Consider drainage & water flow when preparing your base ready for turf. Make sure no water is pooling on the lawn, or flowing towards buildings during heavy rain.
- Turf is perishable, so you have to lay it as soon as it’s delivered. If it sits in the sun for a few days (especially during summer), it will burn, so be sure to order your turf only after you have prepared the base.
- During the early stages of your lawns life, it is critical to give it plenty of water. Watch for any signs that it is drying out, such as leaves curling, thinning or changing colour. If this happens, apply more water.
- If your new lawn is producing a seed head, it is under stress. It could be either hungry, thirsty or both. This is a sign your lawn is due for an application of fertiliser or badly needs more water.
- A sand-soil base is always better. If you have a clay base you will need to de-compact this & add sand soil. If your base is already sandy, mix in some organics to improve nutrients.
- Spread a starter fertiliser to the base & rake in lightly. Ensure all soil is smooth & ready for turf & remember to consider drainage & water flow.
- When your turf arrives, lay it as soon as possible. If it's a hot day, water each section as you lay it to stop it drying out.
- During the first month, water your lawn well so it can establish & remain healthy. You should water deeply every day for the first 3 weeks, or until your first mow. Don't worry if the corners & edges of the turf pieces begin to yellow slightly, this is pretty common with new lawns.
- Keep traffic off your new lawn as much as possible until it has rooted in. After about 4 weeks (depending on the time of year) your lawn will be ready for its first mow.
If you are unsure about the best variety of turf for your site, or how much turf you need, give us a call on 5453 7100 and we can help you get your new lawn project underway.
*image courtesy of Roberts Turf