DIY Guide to Laying Instant Lawn Yourself.
Licensed landscapers from Visual Landscape Gardening are on hand to supply your roll out lawn, deliver landscaping supplies, even landscaping equipment hire with operator to help with laying your new instant lawn if you require.
Before you start
Before you order your rolls of instant lawn, there are 4 things you should do to prepare the area.
The first thing to do when preparing to lay an instant turf is to make sure there is none of the old grass or weeds still growing in the area.
Remove all weeds and grass by spraying the area with a glyphosate base chemical like ‘Roundup’. Leave the area for at least 2 weeks then remove the dead grass and weeds to a depth of at least 100mm.
Check the composition of the soil you have. If you have a heavy clay based soil composition, dig in a good layer of Gypsum; which will break down the clay giving you better drainage too.
Decide if you will be installing an underground irrigation system; either drip lines that will be connected to a garden tap that you can turn on manually/with a timer, or install a fully automated drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation systems are more efficient than above ground watering especially with droughts and water restrictions Adelaide has experienced in recent years.
Replace the old soil you have removed with a good quality sandy garden loam mix. Spread out about half the loam evenly, spray with water, roll over it with a heavy roller, then repeat this step again to create a compact level surface about 25mm below the edge to allow for the thickness of your roll out turf.
Order Your Choice Of Roll Out Lawn
Feel free to discuss the best roll out lawn type from the range of instant lawns with the landscapers from Visual Landscape Gardening; we are here to help you!
Roll out lawn comes wrapped in plastic, 2000mm x 500mm; 2 metres long by 1/2 metre wide. To order, simply let us know the length and width of the area you wish to cover and we will calculate the number of rolls you will require.
Be prepared to roll out your lawn on the day it is delivered because it will deteriorate quite quickly if left rolled up.
Laying Your Instant Lawn
On delivery, remove the plastic and after a light watering begin rolling out your new lawn. Butt the joins closely together and cut off any excess with a knife.
After you have laid all of the lawn, roll over the complete area with a heavy roller.
Fertilise & Water
An organic instant lawn fertiliser needs to be added to your new lawn before you give it a good watering with a hose fitted with a spray nozzle.
Maintenance For The First Month
Care of your new instant lawn in the first month is important. New lawns need to be watered at least 3 times per day; in the morning, mid day and afternoon for the first 21 days. After about 3 weeks, the lawn should be ready to have its first light cut with a mower.
3 months after your instant lawn turf has been laid, start a regular fertilising program to promote a stronger root growth for your lawn. Using the correct fertiliser at the beginning of each season will keep your lawn looking great but most important, keep it healthy for years to come.
Removing 100mm of soil over even a small area adds up to quite a large amount of soil that needs to be discarded; approximately 20m² by 100mm equals about 4 tonne.
Visual Landscape Gardening offer landscaping equipment hire, including bobcat and truck hire with operators and drivers to excavate and take away the old soil for you.
As licensed landscapers, the team are also able to deliver and install the base loam for you or install your choice of irrigation systems, ready for you to roll out your new lawn and you’ll find their friendly, expert advise invaluable.