How to Best Prepare Your Site for New Turf

  1. Spray out existing lawn turf & weeds with Glyphosate (Round Up), and follow the labelled rates to allow for a total kill. Allow a minimum of two days for the chemical to work on the plant. (Second application may be required).
  1. Either remove old lawn and weeds or cultivate this into the base soil. For best results cultivate, till or spade the area to a depth of approximately 150mm. This is also an ideal time to add soil amendments like Gypsum, Lime and extra organics.
  1. Test your soil with a pH test kit, to check if you need to add any additional products to balance your soils pH. (Somewhere between 6-7 is ideal for your new turf)
  1. If you have poor soil, cap this off with a good quality under turf soil to a depth of 50 to 200mm. Call 1800 ALLTURF for turf prices and to arrange a quotation for our TurfGro or TurfSand Products that can be delivered directly to your site. Allow for 30% compaction of your soil when ordering.
  1. Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations, footpaths, garden beds etc.
  1. Rake and smooth soil removing rocks, roots, and large clods.
  1. Roll the area with a lawn roller. This will firm the soil surface and reveal low areas that need more soil.
  1. Keep the grade 25mm below sidewalks and driveways for the new turf to sit into. (35-40mm for buffalo turf).
  1. Apply a starter fertiliser like Lawn Launcher which contains fast and slow-release fertiliser and water crystals. Rake this into the surface for your new quality turf.
  1. Screen off the soil to provide a smooth surface, roll then screen again. Your soil needs to be compacted enough that when you walk on to it you only leave a small footprint.
  2. Lightly wet the soil to minimise dust & provide a moist base for your new turf, but not too wet that it turns to mud.

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  1. Prior to lawn installation Brisbane & turf laying, check that the soil surface is not too hot. Lightly wet the soil down if it is hot.
  2. Install your new lawn immediately upon delivery. Turf is degrading on the pallet, and it is recommended that all turf should be laid within 4 hours of delivery in summer/spring & 12 hours in winter/autumn, failing to do so can lead to pallet burn.
  3. Begin turf laying along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or footpath
  4. Butt and push ends against each other tightly, without stretching.
  5. Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion, using a large sharp knife to trim corners.
  6. On slopes, place the turf pieces across the slope.
  7. After installing lawn turf, roll the entire area, this will improve the contact between the turf and soil and help with levelling.
  8. Begin watering your new lawn within 30 minutes of installation. Turf is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture.
  9. During the first two weeks, avoid heavy or concentrated use of your new turf, this gives the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with the soil, and ensures that the turf will remain smooth.

If you have any questions regarding turf types, simply get in touch. We provide quotes for all varieties whether it’s the Nullabor Couch or Empire Turf Brisbane. Contact us today!

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Delivery Information – Gold Coast & Brisbane Turf Suppliers

Our turf is delivered in tautliner trucks, this ensures your new lawn does not dry out in transit. We deliver turf to your site with an all-terrain forklift. Your turf will arrive on a unique ‘pallet-less’ system so that no pallets are left on site for you to deal with. 

Our experienced operators will get as close as safely possible to your job to minimise the distance you have to carry your turf, as the slabs of earth & grass can become quite heavy.

We are able to deliver to Gold Coast, Brisbane, Ipswich and everywhere in between. Contact us for first rate turf prices from our Tamborine turf farm!

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