Spring is considered by many to be the best time to lay lawn, but it is possible and sometimes advantageous to do so at other times of year.
For example, a lawn laid in warmer weather will establish quicker but requires more frequent watering compared with lawn laid in cooler conditions.
While there are advantages to both situations, where you’re located will actually have the biggest bearing on the best time to lay your lawn and what variety will fare best, according to a Turf Growers Association of Western Australia (TGA WA) Spokesperson.
Whatever time of year you choose, the next step is to prepare the ground properly. The TGA WA provided the following tips.
Remove grass and weeds
Remove all grass and weeds from the site by spraying with weed killer, wait seven days and repeat until all weeds are dead. This will give your lawn a greater chance of growing and establishing weed-free. Also remove all rocks and debris from the area.
Adjust the gradient
Adjust the gradient of the area to ensure it slopes away from your house, and install pathways to help with drainage. Soil height should be a minimum 10cm deep and 3cm below paths or driveways. Check with your local turf supplier for the thickness of the grass, as each variety will be different.
Prepare the soil
Conduct a pH test on your soil using a pH-testing kit. You can pick this up from your local hardware store or nursery. Generally, the soil should have a pH level between six and seven, however, ask your turf specialist for the ideal pH for the variety you choose.
Next, turn over the existing soil. Depending on the area, you may need to add in a good-quality topsoil. Spread the soil evenly to a depth of between 7cm and 15cm.
Spread out organic pelletised fertiliser on your soil just before turf installation.
Level the soil
Use a roller or rake to firm the soil and flatten the ground so that it is nice and even. This will create a smooth surface for the new turf and allow it to come into contact with the soil.
Measure the area
Measure the area you would like to turf. This involves multiplying the width by the length of the space. In areas that are strange shapes, try breaking the area up into smaller shapes and then add up the areas.
When you find the square metreage required it is generally recommended to add an extra five per cent to the total to account for cutting around objects like trees.
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