Select a turf variety that suits your needs
Contact your local Lawn Solutions Australia grower to find out what the best varieties are for your area and for your needs. You can also use the turf selector on the Lawn Solutions website where you can choose the different characteristics required and it will recommend the best lawn variety for you.
Plan out a timeframe for completing the new lawn
It is important that you order your turf for the day you intend to lay it. Turf is a green life product that must be laid as soon as possible, particularly in the warmer months. The longer the turf sits on a pallet the more it will heat up and dry out and if left long enough, it could even die. This will mean planning out what day you have your soil base prepared and ensuring you have your turf delivered shortly after (usually the next day) so that your soil isn’t washed or blown away before the turf arrives.
Preparing your area
If the area is suffering from compaction, you may need to dig up the area and turn it over to de-compact and aerate the soil as much as possible. This can be done with a mattock, but if it is a large area it may be worth hiring a rotary hoe which would be much less labour intensive.
Spread turf underlay soil
Turf underlay is generally an 80:20 mix, 80% coarse river sand and 20% organic soil material. This soil will provide you with good drainage from the sand and water holding capacity from the soil. If you have a high amount of clay in your base, it is also recommended that you spread a clay breaker such as gypsum into this base to break it up as much as possible before bringing in the turf underlay. Testing your soils pH is another important factor and making adjustments is best done now before you lay your new lawn. The amount of turf underlay soil you bring in will be dependent on the soil composition of your existing base. As a rough guide a bare minimum would be 25mm as a light skim, up to anywhere between 50 – 150mm depending on your soil base and finishing levels. Keep in mind the thickness of the turf itself can be between 30 – 50mm varying slightly between growers. Remember the level of your soil will be the finishing levels of your turf, so make sure you are happy with the gradients and have a flat surface for the turf to adhere to.
Laying your turf
Once your soil is spread and level, you are basically ready for your grass! So as mentioned earlier, you have already ordered your turf and it is set for delivery. Once the turf arrives it is time to get stuck in. Laying your turf is relatively simple, but it is important to follow a few simple guidelines to ensure you get the best possible result for your lawn moving forward.
Water your new lawn as soon as possible
Water as soon as possible. If you are laying a large lawn, try and water as you go – especially on a hot day. If you have access to a roller, we recommend rolling the lawn to ensure good root contact with the soil.
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For more information on installing your new lawn, check out our other videos and guides on how to lay turf or contact your local Lawn Solutions Australia member.