Turf Tips: How to prepare for a new lawn

This week’s tip is about how to prepare for a new lawn. The preparation is key to the best finished surface. It is important customers prepare for a new lawn carefully to get the best possible result. Before you start you will need: weed killer; rotary hoe or garden fork, tape measure, rake, fertiliser, soil spreader and a shovel.

Step 1. Clear the area

The first step to prepare for a new lawn is to remove any existing vegetation. Spray existing grass and weeds with Roundup (or similar) then wait until existing vegetation dies (7-10 days). A second application may be required. Remove all debris including any rocks stones and twigs.

Step 2. Cultivate the area

The next step is to cultivate the area to allow the root system of your new turf to penetrate the existing soil. Use a rotary hoe to cultivate the whole area. Otherwise, you can dig it over thoroughly with a garden fork to a depth of about 100mm. Remove any rocks, stones or sticks as you dig.

Step 3. Incorporate underlay

For the best result when you prepare for a new lawn, you should always incorporate quality turf underlay. Incorporate the turf underlay soil, spreading to a depth of 50-100mm, depending on your site soil. For 50mm depth, you will need to order 1m³ of underlay for every 20m² of turf area.

Step 4. Check levels

Levels are a vital step, as you need to ensure your new lawn sits neatly with all edges such as driveways and footpaths. Check levels and ensure that the turf will not sit proud of footpaths, driveways or garden edges. The surface must be 75mm below the weepholes/Termimesh. Give the surface a light rake over to remove all footprints and impressions.

Step 5. Measure the area

Now that your site is almost finished its time to order your turf, before you order you should always measure your area again. Measure up the area, marking the dimensions on a sketch of the area. If you are uncertain as to the amount of turf required, you can call (07) 3114 8281 or visit our website www.jimboombaturf.com.au.

Step 6. Apply lawn fertiliser.

The final step to prepare for a new lawn is to give your lawn a headstart. Prior to installation of your turf, always apply a pre-plant lawn fertiliser at the recommended rate.

To get more advice call our team on (07) 3114 8281. You can also to pop in and order in person at our sales office on 1/243 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge. The office opens Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm and Saturday 7am to 12pm.

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