Installing Sir Grange - Lawn Solutions Australia

Installing Sir Grange

Sir Grange (Zeon Zoysia) is a fine bladed premium turf variety, which has high shade tolerance and very low nutrient and water requirements.

Installing Sir Grange

Background

Sir Grange is one of the world’s best-looking grasses and it adapts to most climates. When fully established it will use very little fertiliser and water and require a lot less mowing than most varieties. Once it establishes a root system of 200mm or more it will become extremely shade and drought tolerant and its appearance will be the envy of your neighbours. Most owners fall in love with Sir Grange once they have it fully established and would not have anything else.

Guidelines to get the best from Sir Grange

Sir Grange can take some time to establish, however once this is achieved the result is very rewarding. It pays to be mindful that Sir Grange is a very slow-growing lawn, therefore it can be very slow to fully establish. It takes about 18 weeks of warm growing weather to fully establish; in warmer climates (north of Sydney) this can be achieved in the first season, while in colder climates such as Victoria this may not happen until the second season.

Sir Grange is ideal for you if:
• You want an extremely high-class, superb looking lawn, the best of the best.
• You are prepared to allow it time to establish properly and understand its establishment needs.
• You don’t require a high-wear lawn area or much use during the establishment period.
• You don’t have heavy shade during the establishment period.
• You don’t intend for dogs to regularly use the area.
• You don’t have heavy or clay soil.

Before your Sir Grange arrives:
• Trim all your gardens and trees right back, so they are not overhanging the lawn area during the establishment period.
• Install a good sand or sandy base of at least 100mm – the more the better the lawn will perform.
• Make sure your sprinkler can cover the lawn evenly, regardless of whether it’s a manual shift or automatic sprinkler system.
• Be sure that no areas hold water and they are all drained well.
• Follow the advice of your turf supplier in relation to starter fertiliser applications.

Note: Installing Sir Grange between May and August in colder climates is not recommended

During the first three months following installation:
• It’s all about getting a deep root system established as soon as possible; it’s critical to water down to 150mm during this period. It’s a good idea to take a core sample once every few weeks to ensure this depth of penetration of water.
• Perform spot checks after three weeks to determine if the turf can be lifted. If it can in certain areas and not others, chances are its roots are shallower in those areas; these spots will need to catch up with the assistance of additional deep watering during establishment.
• If some areas receive more wear or shade during this period, try to reduce the cause until full establishment is achieved.
• Carefully follow your turf supplier’s recommendations on fertiliser; most likely they will recommend none to very little. If you fertilise, try to use a lawn blend with little to no nitrogen, something like an NPK blend of 5-5-10, or at 25% of the label rate if a standard lawn food.
• You need to water a newly established Sir Grange lawn at least 45 minutes to 1 hour each day for the first 3 weeks after installation during the warmer months, then deep watering’s down to 150 mm every 2nd or 3rd until fully established.

After the establishment period:
• The hard work should be behind you and you should own a beautiful lawn.
• You only need to water your established Sir Grange lawn if it looks dry or conditions are extreme.
• Fertiliser use should be minimal; only fertilise if your lawn looks hungry and loses colour.
• Mow as needed at a height you desire between 18 and 40mm.

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