Preparation for Laying turf in Bundaberg

Landscaping Secrets to Success … preparation for laying turf in bundaberg.

by Lifestyle Landscaping Solutions , 78 Mt Perry Road, Bundaberg. written by Peter Moller

Preparation is the key to laying turf in any project. Firstly you need to identify any potential areas when water is likely to cause problems with drainage. Either by falling the wrong direction or with too little fall in the required direction. When the fall is only slight  it is advisable to either use a laser level to identify the overall fall from one point to another, then divide this into the distance where the fall is required giving you “x “amount of fall per metre or use a line level to check the fall at any given point. You can set up a string line and peg the heights and screed a fine lawn dressing between the points. In some areas field grates may be necessary to take water from areas that will not drain by the method just described.

Often a bobcat and levelling bar will go close to establishing the correct falls then a simple hand levelling bar will finish the preparation. When turf meets adjoining surfaces always finish the prepared surface to a depth the same as the turf plus 10mm below the finished level to allow for future topdressing and thatch growth. Similarly where lawn meets existing turfed surfaces. This will provide an even transition from one lawn area to another. Lay turf across any slopes and always stagger the joints and cut joints cleanly with a sharp shovel or cane knife.

Fertilising.
Prior to laying turf Nitrophoska blu fertiliser will be evenly spread over the entire area to provide an immediate food source for freshly shooting roots for the new turf. Then apply again in 14-21 days at which time topdressing with a fine screened sand  is to be used to fill any voids and inconsistencies.

Laying Turf..

When laying turf, always lay a single row of turf to the perimeter of the entire area and against all garden edges and borders. This ensures no small cut pieces of turf are left exposed on external edges where they can dry out and die. Some light topdressing in ragged joints may be necessary when initially planted. In hot weather water must be applied as soon as possible to prevent turf from wilting in the heat of the day. However careful use of a turf roller in careful combination of hand watering will expell any air from between the new turf and the prepared surface. This method will prevent any turf browning and setback when effectively applied.

Follow this procedure and you will be well on the way to growing a quality lawn you will be proud of.

Next time we will discuss turf species suited to the bundaberg area. There are a number of turf growers in this area and several species that perform well. Please feel free to call me (Peter Moller) at Lifestyle Solution Centre Bundaberg if you need any further advise before you lay turf to your property 07 4155 5500 or call in to 78 Mt Perry Road Nth Bundaberg.  www.lifestylesolutions.net.au Check out the website of     www.oztuffturf.com.au for more information on species grown in this area.

by Lifestyle Landscaping Solutions , 78 Mt Perry Road, Bundaberg. written by Peter Moller

One response to “Preparation for Laying turf in Bundaberg

  1. I usually don’t post on Blogs but ya forced me to, great info.. excellent! … I’ll add a backlink and bookmark your site.

    I’m Out! 🙂

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