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

  1. Remove all building waste and debris from the site.
  2. Spray any weeds that are visible using a strong weed killer, or pull out by hand if possible.
  3. Remove the weeds after they’ve browned off and died.
  4. Spread a free draining soil to a depth of 10-15cm.
  5. Level the surface using a lawn leveller, rake or similar tool.
  6. Use a water filled roller to roll the soil until it is firm under foot.
  7. Height for soil level after rolling firm is 30-40mm below any edges, concrete paths or driveways.
  8. Apply a lawn starter fertiliser to the surface and incorporate with a rake.
  9. It is not necessary to wet the soil before installation, unless you are experiencing extreme heat and the soil is hot and dry.
  10. When laying your turf grass, always try to use as many larger pieces as possible.
  11. Always try to overlap any curved areas and trim around edges with a sharp blade for a neat fit.
  12. 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.

  • September – you can feed your lawn using a slow release fertilizer suitable for buffalo lawn.
  • October – Use a fertilizer high in nitrogen to promote a lush green lawn.In the summer heat avoid using strong fertilizers, instead fertilize with Seasol or similar. Buffalo grass needs to be fed in order to remain strong and healthy.

In the summer heat avoid using strong fertilizers, instead fertilize with Seasol or similar. Buffalo grass needs to be fed in order to remain strong and healthy.

  • March– feed your instant lawn a slow release fertilizer suitable for buffalo turf.
  • April – Use a fertiliser 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

Best Turf Grass for Melbourne

At Austral Turf we’re passionate about developing and growing the best buffalo turf. Melbourne residents and businesses can enjoy lush, hardwearing instant turf, professionally installed with expert advice and aftercare.

Call us on +61 433 037 360 or contact us online for estimates or enquiries about your beautiful, new buffalo lawn.