Are you planning on laying an instant turf soon? While it seems difficult, it can be an easy and straightforward task if you know what to do. To achieve optimum results, you need to be careful and take the right care and attention when installing your lawn. You don't need to be a landscaping expert to have a beautiful lawn, just follow our simple step-by-step guide to laying turf.
Measure the area
Measure the area to determine how much lawn turf you will need. See the examples below:
For rectangle or square areas
Measure the length and width of your area and multiply together
Length = 5m | Width = 5m
5m x 5m = 25m2
Measure radius, multiply the radius by itself, and then by 3.14
Radius = 7
7m x 7m x 3.14 = 153.86m2
Measure length and width, multiply length by 0.80, and then multiply the result by width.
Length = 10m | Width = 15m
10m x 0.80 = 8
8 x 15 = 120m2
Prepare the area
Remove existing grass, weeds, rocks, and stones. Rake the area to spread topsoil evenly and level it out to a height of 100mm. Spread fertiliser, starting in one corner and working your way back for even coverage. Wet the area to create a moist surface for your instant turf.
Lay the turf
Before laying turf, make sure the soil has some moisture (not too wet but not too dry either). Start laying turf along a straight edge such as a path or fence. Lay each row of turf like a brick pattern, ensuring they're tucked in neatly against each other to avoid air pockets and drying. If you're laying turf on a slope, lay rolls across the slopes rather than down. If the slope is very steep, hold your turf in place with a stake until some root growth holds the turf in place.
To set the turf around odd shapes, trees, or garden beds, use a sharp knife or some secateurs. Give your turf a light roll with a water-filled roller to smooth out air pockets.
Water the turf
To ensure you're off to a good start, water your turf immediately after laying it down. Keep watering until the water has soaked through the soil beneath the turf layer. For the next four to six weeks, water your turf regularly. After that, you can decrease watering to encourage deep rooting. You may need to water your turf more during summer months.
Fertilising regularly is key to having a healthy lawn. As a general rule, choose a balance fertiliser containing similar levels of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium. During the growing stages, apply fertiliser every four to six weeks.
Turf installation in Melbourne
If you're looking for the best lawn for your front or back yard, Lilydale Instant Lawn offers services to help you through all stages of setting up your lawn, from buying instant turf to installing it. We also have resources you can browse through for more information. Get in touch with our friendly team by giving us a call at 03 9730 1128.