We recommend for your lawn to have a full root profile and be drought hardy that you need a full year of establishment, including one full summer. If you have maintained your lawn with watering and fertilising then you should have a root profile of 20-30cm.
Yes, we can arrange site preparation and installation with a local quality landscaper. In the Riverland and Mallee we prefer to use Riverland Creative Gardens. Talk to us and we can arrange a quote and site inspection for you.
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We recommend you water your prepared area and wait for the weeds to germinate and spray the area with a weed killer like round up. If you have a particularly weedy patch you might like to repeat water and spray or alternatively remove 10cm of soil where most of your weed seeds are contained.
We recommend you plant during the active growing season of spring to autumn, October to March is ideal. For optimal results we do not recommend winter planting. Only plant if your site is not shady or in a frost prone area with no or minimal traffic on it. Sometimes it is necessary to plant during winter. This is fine but it will take a lot longer to establish and will not come green until spring.
We recommend you top-dress with sand once lawn has been laid. This helps improve your soil to root contact and stops edges from drying out.
We recommend six weeks after laying Lawn. On your established lawn for optimum results fertilise four times a year: September, December, March and April (pre-winter preparation). Please refer to our lawn care maintenance section. If you have fertilised and you think your lawn still has a deficiency please give us a call and we can discuss your particular needs. Usually it will be Iron or possibly a Magnesium or Zinc deficiency.
Your prepared soil ready for the turf to lay should have a full profile of water, meaning the first 20-30cm needs to be damp. For the first three to four weeks you need to keep the soil damp and don’t allow your turf to dry out. You can check by lifting a flap and feeling the soil. It is weather and season dependant on how much and often you need to water. Little and often for the first few weeks is necessary.
All warm season grasses will lose some colour over the winter period after being hit by a few heavy frosts. In our cold winter climate warm season grasses do not have much active growth. SIR WALTER has been proved to be a good performer compared to the rest for good winter colour. A good fertiliser program in April will help retain best winter colour.
In the warm season we recommend to keep foot traffic to a minimum until fully established. You can check this by trying to lift a flap of turf up. If it is hard to pull up the roots are taking hold and it is established. If it pulls up easily, it is not established. If you lay the turf in late autumn and winter we recommend you stay off the turf until spring.