How to prepare for your new lawn

How Much Lawn Do I Require

Take Measurements by using the following diagrams:

 

Measuring your area

Oval Area
3.14 multiplied by
A the longest side divided by 2 multiplied by
B the shortest side divided by 2

Equation = 3.14 x A x B

The area of shape can be determined by simply breaking the shape into sets of square, rectangles or triangles. After you break your shape into squares, rectangles and triangles, find the individual areas and add them to give you the total area of the Shape.

The soft leaf buffalo varieties are cut in slabs that are 600mm wide and 1200mm long.

Soil Preparation prior to turf being Delivered

Remove all building waste, rocks, old lawn & weeds.
Any living weeds left behind will sneak up between the new turf joins. Dead weeds/lawn will hinder the roots of the new turf from finding the soil underneath and will prevent your new turf from establishing evenly.
You will find that if you already have couch or kikuyu in your yard, it is very hard to permanently remove. We recommend spraying with say Roundup, as you will never dig up all the runners, even then you will probably find it poping up in time.

Dig up or turn over soil and consider introducing new soil.
Introducing new soil will pay for itself with the remarkable variance on how well the turf does.
Spread on appropriate soil conditioners if desired i.e. for acidic soils add lime, for heavier clay soils add gypsum, for sandy soils simply mix in small amounts of organic material.

Use a Rotary hoe or a shovel to turn the soil over.
If you are adding organic material – make sure that you only use a small percentage and mix it in well with the soil. If the turf is layed directly onto organic material, the roots will not be able to get to the soil and will die. Organic material is porous and heats up really easily.
Make sure that your soil is finely broken up. If the rolls of lawn are placed upon clods of dirt, it create air pockets. The air pockets prevents the roots from holding mosture and therefore the lawn will die.

Level the surface.
Eliminate drainage problems by making the soil drain away from the house.
Allow for the height of the turf along paths. If you are installing buffalo or kikuyu leave your soil height below the top of the path by around 40mm and if installing couch leave around 20mm. This will allow the leaf of the grass to be above the path.