Instant lawn is simple to install and care for with these tips. Give us a call or visit our FAQ page for more information.
How to Install Instant Turf
- Remove all building waste and debris from the site.
- Spray any weeds that are visible using a strong weed killer, or pull out by hand if possible.
- Remove the weeds after they’ve browned off and died.
- Spread a free draining soil to a depth of 10-15cm.
- Level the surface using a lawn leveller, rake or similar tool.
- Use a water filled roller to roll the soil until it is firm under foot.
- Height for soil level after rolling firm is 30-40mm below any edges, concrete paths or driveways.
- Apply a lawn starter fertiliser to the surface and incorporate with a rake.
- It is not necessary to wet the soil before installation, unless you are experiencing extreme heat and the soil is hot and dry.
- When laying your turf grass, always try to use as many larger pieces as possible.
- Always try to overlap any curved areas and trim around edges with a sharp blade for a neat fit.
- When ordering your instant turf, remember to give yourself a buffer and order 10% extra for wastage and off cuts.
Turf Grass Watering Tips
- Make absolutely certain that water is getting to all areas of your new lawn, regardless of any irrigation or sprinkling system you are using.
- Proper watering immediately after installation will ensure your lawn establishes successfully.
- It is important when first laying your new lawn that you give it a good saturation until water has penetrated 25 mm into the soil beneath the sod.
- For the next six weeks, the soil only needs to stay damp, try not to over water
- Remember grass will not grow in a swampy environment, over watering will slow down the normal process of your lawn from establishing and can cause disease and root rot.
- Once your lawn is establish, water in the evenings for 20-30 minutes every day when experiencing warmer weather.
- Only apply more water the next evening, if your lawn has slightly started to dry out again.
- Once you have successfully established your new Buffalo lawn, you can back off from watering every day and only water when a slight wilting is visible.
Fertilizing Your Grass
We recommend that you apply a slow release fertilizer six weeks after installation.
For best results use several different types of fertilizer throughout the year.
- August – Use a fertilizer high in nitrogen to promote a lush green lawn. Buffalo grass needs to be fed in order to remain strong and healthy.
- September – you can feed your lawn using a slow release fertilizer suitable for buffalo lawn.
In the summer heat avoid using strong fertilizers, instead fertilize with Seasol or similar.
- March – feed your lawn a slow release fertilizer suitable for buffalo turf.
- April – Use a fertilizer high in potassium to promote healthy roots and help your instant lawn get through the harsh winter.
NOTE: Over fertilizing can cause problems so be sure to follow instructions carefully.
Mowing Your Lawn
- We recommend that when mowing your Buffalo lawn you don’t cut your grass too low, Buffalo’s can stress out when they are cut too short.
- Mowing every 5-10 days in the warmer months and 3-6 weeks in the cooler months.
- Recommended mowing height in shaded areas 50mm to 60mm
- Recommended mowing height In Full Sun areas 35mm to 45mm