DYI Turf Installation

DYI Tip  Lay the turf immediately
Instant lawn is a living product. When the turf is harvested and stacked onto a pallet, we are creating perfect composting conditions, causing the turf in the middle of the pallet to heat up and “cook”. The warmer the weather, the quicker this occurs.  We do not take responsibility for turf that deteriorated (died) due turf not being laid the day it is delivered.

During warmer weather in Summer, please lay the turf immediately: dampen down the earth prior to laying the turf, then lay a small section of turf, water it, then lay the next section.  Soak the turf initially then keep the soil below the turf damp.  You will need to water the turf morning and night for the first 3 to 4 weeks.

Don’t let the slabs/rolls of turf dry out.

When laying turf on hot days, the yet to be laid stack of turf should be in the shade and sprinkled with water – do not soak, just a light misty spray.

Apply a ‘lawn starter’ fertiliser

Spread your lawn starter fertiliser evenly over the area and lightly rake or water in (If you forget to put it under, it is not crucial, and it may be placed over the top).

Dampen down the area where you are going to lay the turf.

Do not lay turf onto dry soil, especially in the warmer months. It is ideal to dampen down the area about 4-12 hours before you lay the turf. You do not want it muddy when you go to lay the turf as it makes a messy uneven job and harder work.

Start laying.

Remove all the plastic net wrapping from around the turf.

DYI Tip  You should start laying turf away from your stack of turf if possible, to avoid walking continually over the newly laid turf.
Just remember that each roll of turf can be up to 20kg in weight, so if you wish to lay a large amount of turf – find some friends! It is tough going on your own.

Allow plenty of time to lay the turf. Remember the turf is deteriorating as time goes by. If you are unable to finish the job on the day, just slightly dampen down the turf yet to be laid and place it in the shade if possible. Don’t put a tarp or a plastic cover over the turf, as the turf will sweat and die quicker. Find something that will breathe i.e. old wet bedsheet or wet shade cloth.

Use a brickwork pattern.

Choose your straightest and longest edge; start with rolling your lawn out without pulling or stretching the turf, pushing the edges together, staggering the joins in a brickwork pattern. You may need to peg grass on sloping areas to prevent movement.

Avoid gaps as this provides a perfect environment for weeds to grow.

Avoid overlapping the turf as the roots will dry out and the turf will die.

Avoid leaving narrow strips

Your turf will naturally die back on the edge of the roots after being harvested. Strips of turf at the outer edges of the area may struggle to retain moisture, especially if not top-dressed.

Trim the turf with a bread knife or shovel.

If trimming is required just use a shovel or bread knife to cut around edges.

The newly laid turf needs to be watered immediately.

Squash the turf down beneath your feet, or roll the turf, to remove any air pockets.

Keep the roots of turf damp for up to 3 to 4 weeks.

Watering for the first two to three weeks is critical.

In late spring and summer, the turf may need to be watered from above the ground twice a day to be kept damp.

Top dress the turf.

Top dress the turf with top soil (sandy loam or a “lawn mix”) or washed river sand (1 cubic metre per 100 square metres of turf).

Top dressing improves the establishment of the grass significantly.

Apply a thick layer on top of the joins, narrow strips and any low areas.

Apply a thin layer to the rest of the turf.

Top dressing the turf holds additional moisture for the turf, therefore reducing the turf being shocked after harvesting and using your water more efficiently.

Settling in of the turf.

Please, please after all your hard work and hard-earned dollars spent – remember that lawn is a living product and you will need to continue to water it regularly (depending on the weather but say weekly in summer). Yes, it is drought tolerant, but it is not cement.

Turf generally takes about 6 months before it fully settles in, after you have mowed it a few times. Consider fertilising the turf about 2-3 months after laying to give it that extra boost.

You will find that during your first winter, the turf will lose more colour than what it will in the subsequent winters.

Mowing the turf.

After the lawn has been down a couple of weeks it can be mowed, the first mowing is usually done a little higher than normal. Please do not mow Palmetto Soft Leaf Buffalo too short, as it does not like having its runners exposed.

Here at Advance Turf, we pride ourselves on giving you the best product at a competitive price. If you are planning your turf laying, you can rely on us to provide you with fresh-cut lawn products, like our premium buffalo grass.

We deliver to Melbourne, Mildura, Bendigo, Horsham and Swan Hill for your convenience. For more info on turf laying, contact us today.