- Before you can start preparing the soil on the site of a new lawn, first it will be necessary to remove any old grass and/or weeds.
- This can be done either by hand or with a non-residual herbicide like Roundup, Glyphosate or Zero Weed Spray. When used according to directions, these products will kill the existing grass. These herbicides do not kill seeds in the soil that may germinate at a later date.
- Remember to wear suitable protective clothing and take care not to spray near gardens or allow the spray to drift onto them.
- White, grey and yellow sands: water and nutrient capacity is increased by incorporating 50mm of a suitable blended soil or using organic manures, preferably one large bag of pelletized chicken manure to 50 sq metres of lawn.
- Rocky limestone sands: should be prepared as above and should not be less than 25cms deep above sheet rock. If soil is to be added use a Special Lawn Blend available from soil companies which requires no further additives.
- Red and black loam sands: are usually naturally fertile and require little amendment.
- Gravels and clays: can be covered with sandy loam or Special Lawn Blend to a depth of 50mm to obtain a smooth gradable surface. Add gypsum to heavy clays to improve friability and drainage.
- Cultivate the soil to 10cms, removing sticks and other debris.
- Water the prepared site thoroughly to settle soil and provide a moist base for turf installation.
- Spread Australian Seed & Turf Starter Fertiliser evenly over the whole area @ 2.5kg/100m sq. See Fertiliser section for pricing.
- Level, roll or lightly compact leaving a uniform surface 20-30mm below hard surfaces, paving etc., Set irrigation sprinklers level with the soil surface to avoid damage at future renovations (de-thatching).
MEASURING AND ORDERING
- Measure the proposed lawn area in square metres before ordering.
- If you have an irregular shaped lawn, draw it up as accurately as you can and then divide it into any combination of the shapes below.
- Calculate the area of each shape and then add these amounts together to determine the final area.
- Schedule your turf arrival or pick up once site preparations are completed.