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.
  1. 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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