Lawn Installation & Maintenance Guide By Daleys Turf

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5494 0470
www.daleysturf.com.au
459 BELLS CREEK ROAD, BEERWAH QLD, 4519
LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1992
LAWN INSTALLATION
& MAINTENANCE
GUIDE
Daleys Turf are proud to have supplied you with your premium new lawn turf. It’s important to remember that your new lawn should be laid
within twenty-four hours of receiving your freshly cut Daleys turf. Here’s your essential guide to creating the ‘Best Lawn in the Street’.
YOUR GUIDE TO A HEALTHY LAWN
WATER! WATER!
The most important thing to do for your new
lawn is water immediately after you begin laying.
During the establishment of your lawn (seven to fourteen days) constant
watering will be required to make sure that the new turf matt doesn’t dry
out.
After fourteen days refer to watering section (inside).
FIRST MOW
It is essential that your new lawn is mowed as soon as it can’t be lifted
from the soil ( except in shady conditions). Your first mow should be
approximately 45mm, this is measured from the soil surface to the top
of the grass leaf. On most mowers 45mm is normally the fourth or fifth
lowest setting.
FERTILISING
Be aware that some areas of your lawn may require a different fertiliser
program because of changing soil types.
We recommend that you fertilise your turf before you lay your lawn and
again in three to four weeks time.
LAWN GRUBS
All new lawns are at risk of lawn grub attack in the summer months so be
‘Grub Aware’.
Watch out for patches or brown areas as this could be lawn grubs
destroying your lawn.
You need to act quickly so don’t delay turn over and read our helpful lawn
grub guide. Alternatively logon to www.daleysturf.com.au for more
information.
FREE TURF TIPS TO YOUR INBOX - take advantage of our ‘Turf Tips’ service.
See the fertilising section (inside this leaflet) to see how you can start receiving free tips today.
SITE PREPARATION
1. Prior to starting any earthworks, spray ‘Round Up™’ or glyphosate.
Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations
2. Remove any vegetation and debris using a bobcat, turf cutter or
suitable hand tool
3. Use soil conditioner - For heavy or clayish soils add gypsum at
the rate of 25kg per 100m2 For light and sandy or poor soils add
dolomite at the rate of 25kg /100m2
4. Add soil as needed to achieve at least 50 – 75 mm. Ask for under-
turf mix. Allow 35 – 40 mm below footpaths and garden edging.
Make sure all areas are free draining
5. Finish off with a light raking or use a screed to level the area ready
for laying
HELPFUL TIP: One cubic metre of soil equals 50mm of soil over 20 square
metres of area
LAWN INSTALLATION
To create a healthy lawn you should install your turf within 24 hours of
delivery
6. Before you install your lawn apply a light application of fertiliser over
your prepared area at a rate of 2.5 kg per 100 m2
7. Lay one strip around the perimeter then lay turf across the slope in
a brick work pattern, press the edges firmly together, but be careful
not to overlap them
8. Cut in with a sharp spade or a serrated knife
9. Roll your newly installed lawn in a uniform pattern, this helps the
turf make good contact with the soil, a second pass may be of
benefit
10. When you have a large area of lawn to lay, watering as you lay your
turf is a great idea. Lay a pallet, roll it and then put a sprinkler on
the laid area and keep laying
11. When you have finished installing your lawn, completely soak it,
ensuring all parts of the turf are saturated
HELPFUL TIP: Lift the turf slab up and check that the water has penetrated
to the soil
WATERING YOUR LAWN AT THIS STAGE IS CRITICAL
TO ITS SUCCESS!
•Freshly installed lawns need constant moisture to avoid any
set back. Be sure to monitor your soil moisture as all soils
are different
•Give your lawn a good soaking after laying, and then
continue with lighter applications twice a day as a general
rule. In hot or windy weather increase the amount of water,
but try not to over water
‘Sir Walter’ has its own range of
lawn care products see
www.daleysturf.com.au
MOWING
•It is important that your new lawn is mowed as soon as it can’t be
lifted, this usually takes fourteen to twenty one days, depending on the
time of year
•Don’t let your lawn get too long before you mow
•The height to maintain your lawn all year is 40mm for Sir Walter
(wintergreen couch will be 25mm). This measurement is made from
the soil surface to the top of the grass leaf, use your finger and
then measure it on a ruler. On most lawn mowers 40mm will be
the third or fourth lowest setting
•In spring you can drop one setting to lightly renovate your lawn, mow it
at least twice at this lower level on the same day then raise it back to
normal height (40mm) for the rest of the year
For more information see the ‘Lawn Renovation’ article on
our website
•Always mow in different directions, this stops ruts appearing from the
mower’s wheels
•Clippings can be left on the lawn, except when they will clump together
in wet weather, dew or when your grass is too long
•Regular mowing helps control weeds and encourages the lawn to
thicken up
•Your mower should be kept in good condition and your blades
sharpened regularly
HELPFUL TIP: After mowing your lawn it will appreciate a drink
(you’ll deserve one too!)
FERTILISING
For a strong, healthy, deep-rooted lawn regular applications of fertiliser
are essential. A mixture of organic and artificial fertiliser is recommended
to promote steady growth. The best time to fertilise your lawn is during
autumn and spring.
Depending on your soil, it may be necessary to fertilise more often in
the first couple of years until the roots of the turf have become fully
established.
Soil conditioners like dolomite and gypsum should be regularly applied
once a year in spring at the rate of 25kg per 100m2 .
See our www.daleysturf.com.au or call 5494 0470 to find out
the best fertiliser product for your needs
HELPFUL TIP: Shady areas require less fertilising.
A good rule of thumb is fifty percent less
TOP DRESSING
To achieve the best results from a new lawn, top dressing should be
carried out in the first spring (your lawn must be older than twelve weeks).
This process levels out the lawn, improves drainage and improves the
mowing finish.
•The leaf blades should always be showing so don’t smother them
•Use ‘Mary River’ sand for the best finish
•If fertilising at the same time it’s better to do the fertilising first
•Use a lawn leveller or a plastic rake to spread the sand
•When finished top dressing, hose the sand into the lawn for a
better finish
For FREE turf tips and notification of when to fertilise your lawn, complete your details
in the ‘Fertilising Notification’ section of our website. You’ll find it under ‘Maintenance’.
•When your lawn is established you should water it once a week to
encourage the root system to grow deep and strong. If the grass leaves
start to curl this is a good indication that your lawn needs a water
•Areas in full sun, slopes and exposed areas require more water than
shady areas
DEALING WITH LAWN GRUBS
WEEDS
Unlike other lawn varieties, with regular mowing, fertilising and irrigation, a
‘Sir Walter’ lawn rarely has a weed problem. This is mainly due to its thick,
dense matt that out-competes other plants.
Occasionally, however, a weed persists, in this instance try hand weeding,
or use a selective chemical control. We recommend using ‘Buffalo Lawn
Weed Control’ made by Amgrow/Sir Walter at the recommended rates on
the label.
SHADE TIPS
•Don’t scalp your lawn or mow it too frequently in shady areas – raise
the mower blades when mowing in these areas. The optimum mowing
height should be approximately 50mm (five – six notches) for
shadier spots
•Don’t over water your shaded areas where there is poor drainage
•Don’t over fertilise in the shade, your grass generally needs more sun,
not fertiliser, when affected by shade
FOR MORE SHADE INFORMATION
see www.daleysturf.com.au or call 5494 0470 and
request a shade information sheet from our office
There are two types of grubs that affect us here on the coast: Armyworm
and Sod Webworm. Both types of worm cause the same damage and are
treated in the same way.
Grubs like hot, wet and humid weather conditions so they are a problem
in summer and early autumn. Early detection will save the lawn from
any unnecessary stress that can be a problem to a newly established
lawn. Normally the worms will start in a damp shady area - near trees
or buildings - they’ll then march across your entire lawn, completely
stripping the leaves leaving it brown, bare and straw-like.
DETECTION
You can choose one or more of these methods:
•Grubs prefer the greenest areas, so use a hose to flood a healthy
area of lawn to drive the grubs to the leaf tips
•Try pouring a bucket of soapy water over your lawn and look for the
grubs to appear
•Look for orange/black wasps flying over your lawn. These wasps
look for a host to lay their eggs so if you see them it’s a good
indication that there are grubs present
•Check under the eaves of your home for furry brown patches - these
are the cocoons full of lawn grub eggs
TREATMENT
Spray, spread or hose your lawn with an insecticide, there are various
types available so you must follow the appropriate label instructions. It is
important to break the life cycle of the grubs by respraying in seven to ten
days.
If the grubs damaged your lawn, you can now fertilise the patches lightly
to aid the recovery.
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459 BELLS CREEK ROAD, BEERWAH QLD, 4519
LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1992