Thinking about rolling your sleeves us and having a crack at laying a new lawn in the backyard? Well don't worry, follow our easy steps below and you'll soon be the envy of the street with a turf to rival the MCG!
Choosing the right grass
If you have not yet laid your lawn then choosing the right grass is an important decision. Choosing the right lawn can be dependent on the environment you live and can impact how easy your lawn is to maintain as well as how good your lawn will look.
For most areas we recommend Sir Walter Buffalo grass however other common types include couch and Kikuyu. To find the best grass for your area we recommend heading to Lawn Solutions Australia.
You will need to calculate two things 1) How much turf (grass) you need and 2) How much turf underlay you will require. Turf will be measured in m2 and we recommend you break your lawn up in rectangles when measuring. For odd shaped areas allow some slight extra to cover for calculation errors and the odd roll of turf that doesn’t look as nice as the rest. You may need to turf underlay for a smooth, even surface that has good nutrition and drainage. Turf underlay will be measured in cubic metres which you can calculate by multiplying the square metres of turf you have ordered by the depth of underlay you will require.
- Remove any existing grasses, plants and weeds.
- Test your soil and as it may require adjusting (refer to soil maintenance).
- You may want to install ‘ag pipe’ or an inbuilt sprinkler system to easier maintenance and drainage.
- Get a good turf underlay from your local garden centre to spread and ensure your levels have the desired fall for drainage.
Installing the lawn
Before you lay your turf check the weather forecast for an ideal day and have the lawn delivered that day you plan to install it. We recommend applying a starter fertiliser to your soil just before you lay your soil. Start with the outer perimeter and fill the inside using a staggered brick work like fashion butting the turf together avoiding gaps. Once complete water your new lawn as soon as possible to help it recover from the stress of being relayed.
It is important to keep your lawn moist for two weeks after laying it being careful not to flood your lawn. The best thing you can do is keep an eye on your lawn, if you are not keeping it moist enough you will see the leaves dry out indicating that you need to be watering it more.