Preparation for turf.

    When can I lay the turf?

    Turf can be laid all year round. Although it's hard to predict it is best to avoid excessive heat. Always make sure you do have a good source of water from your tank, tap or local delivery truck. Some grass like Queensland Blue couch is not available in most winters after a series of frosts as the shallow root system becomes too weak for cutting.

    What do I have to do to prepare the site for turf?

    Site preparation can be the most important step to long lasting, water use efficient and pleasing to look at lawn. Remove weeds and rocks and level as well as possible making sure your site slopes for water runoff.

    What is a prepared site?

    A fully prepared site should be hand raked to make smooth enough for mowing. Levels should be sloped to ensure that water runs off or into storm drains. All wheel tracks and foot prints raked smooth.

    Do I need water crystals?
    Save your money, we haven't noticed any difference. In fact some crystals can lift new turf off the soil so that the roots don’t get to touch the soil.

    Do I need fertilizer?
    If you would like to fertilize before laying just use a soft type like Dynamic Lifter® to avoid burning the roots of the turf. The turf when it is harvested is actively growing so that fertilizer is not absolutely necessary. It is better to fertilize after the turf is established. And water the fertilizer into the turf to avoid leaf burn.

    Laying of turf.

    Throw fertilizer over area.

    Organise the pallets of turf so that you reduce the amount of wheel barrow moving required.

    Screed or rake the area to give a final level and incorporate the fertilizer. In very hot conditions and especially for soft turf like Qld Blue Couch, water the soil before laying to reduce the temperature of the soil.

    Start laying turf from the far corner and against a straight edge if possible. Place a frame around the lawn edge so that when you trim a roll that is too long you a chopping onto turf and not soil/rocks that will damage your blade.

    Lay the rolls of turf in a brick pattern to give more even appearance. Roll the turf to eliminate air pockets and give contact for the roots to the soil.

    Alternatively give a light roll after watering but watch for wet areas. Or if you are being chased by a storm a heavy rainfall will do the same job. As soon as your first 50m2 are laid set up a sprinkler so that the turf is getting a drink.

    Hot dry soil will act like a sponge to draw moisture from the turf. Once all the lawn has been given a quick drink it should be watered again properly that day or the next day.

    Avoid letting the turf turn silver from dry stress. Keep watering every couple days until lawn has established.

    Check the amount of moisture for the lawn by lifting an edge of a roll and inspecting the soil underneath.

Tips, videos and maps

All videos are supplied and produced by Ozbreed

The better the soil and the deeper the soil, the better the lawn will be. A good root system produces a healthy lawn which can withstand stress like dry periods, insects and weeds. We can advise, or you could visit the local Landscape Supply Yard and look at the different soils available.
We can bring in soil and a bobcat to install the soil. A good bobcat operator makes a big difference to the final finish of the lawn.

Preparing the soil for a new lawn


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ylhIGydzPM

Maintenance of turf.

Information about watering and fertilising lawns.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQh7aQvl4Sk


Information on mowing your lawn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6LpBszQJfk


Insects and diseases of turf.

Lawn Grub and Disease control; Diagnosis and treatment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6isTKHIw5tw


Weeds of turf.

Killing and keeping weeds out of a lawn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08lVHpXQ-TU


Turf variety Comparisions

Variety

Leaf width mm

Leaf length mm

Vigour

Wear Resistance

Wear Recovery

Sunlight Minimum Required hr/day

Palmetto

7-9

30-50

Good

Good

Fair

3-4

Oakridge

3-5

30-40

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

4-5

Empire

2-3

20-30

Slow

Excellent

Slow

4-5

Qld Blue

1-2

15-25

Slow

Fair

Fair

5-6

Wintergreen

1-2

15-25

Good

Good

Good

5-6

Sweet Smother

5-8

30-40

Fair

Fair

Good

3

Comparison between turf types and amount of sun required for a good lawn.

Couch

70%

Zoysia- japonica

50%

Kikuyu

50%

Buffalo

30%

Sweet Smother

20%

Zoysia- matrella

20%

NB: This is a general indication only for comarison between turf types and based upon our observations. This will vary with topography, soil type and depth, aspect and season and can be used for comparison and as a guide only.