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What you need to know before laying Turf.

Posted on 11 October 2019
What you need to know before laying Turf.

Measuring your site

Learn the basics of measuring your site with these four easy steps.

  • Sketch your site

  • Divide into areas

  • Measure

  • Do the math

Step 1: Sketch your site

Using pen and paper, replicate your site as a basic line drawing. It only needs to be a concept drawing for you to note the measurements you're about to take.

Step 2: Divide into areas

If your site features multiple sections, bends and / or curves, divide them into suitable sections as rectangles.

 

Step 3: Measure

Using a tape measure, record the actual length and width of each section, as indicated on your concept drawing.

 

Step 4: Do the math


Using the length and width, calculate the square meterage of each section by multiplying them together. Now simply add the sum of all sections together to discover your total area in m2.

 

New lawns

Find out the best way to prepare your brand new site for a new lawn.

  • Clear your site

  • Apply new top soil

  • Soil Compaction

Clear your site

It's common for construction materials, rocks, weeds and rubbish to be left on a house construction site.

It's important to clear your site of these items, as they can influence the growth and long-term quality of your new lawn.

You'll also need to apply a glyphosphate herbicide to the site, like 'Roundup' or 'Zero'. This will kill off any weeds present in the soil and create a healthy base for your new lawn.

 

Apply new top soil

Your new lawn relies on a number of vital nutrients to help it grow, all of which can be found in a quality top soil or sandy loam - available from your local landscape yard.

You should apply enough soil for a 50 - 100mm depth coverage across the entire site. Next, you'll need to spread the soil across the site using a bobcat, dingo or shovel - depending on the size of the site.

 

Soil compaction

Your new layer of fresh, quality top soil needs to be lightly compacted. Use a lightweight lawn roller, or the back of a spade - ensuring the result is a smooth, even compacted surface.

We also recommend applying a lawn starter fertiliser to your site to provide additional nutrients, giving your new lawn the best possible environment to establish and thrive.

 

Replacement lawns

Follow this step-by-step guide on lawn replacements to give your new lawn the best start.

1. Clear your site

2. Apply new top soil

3. Soil compaction

Step 1: Create a blank canvas

Remove any existing rocks, weeds and rubbish and apply a glyphosphate herbicide such as 'Roundup' or 'Zero', to the entire site.

These products will kill all existing grass and weeds and prevent them from growing through your new lawn.

 

Step 2:
Recycle Existing Soil

Your new lawn relies on a number of vital nutrients to help it grow, all of which can be found in a quality top soil or sandy loam - available from your local landscape yard.

You should apply enough soil for a 50 - 100mm depth coverage across the entire site. Next, you'll need to spread the soil across the site using a bobcat, dingo or shovel - depending on the size of the site.

OR


Remove and replace existing soil

If your site contains hard, rocky, low quality soil and you suspect this contributed to problems with your previous lawn it is worth replacing the entire area with a new, quality top soil.

Use a bobcat, dingo, or shovel and wheelbarrow to complete the removal process.

 

Step 3: Prepare your top soil

We recommend your new lawn has at least 50 - 100mm of clean, high quality topsoil as a foundation.

Before you lay your lawn, ensure your prepared area is smooth, compacted and level, with no shallow spots.

Leave approximately 35mm from the top of your soil, to the bottom of paths and garden edges.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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