Firstly and most importantly as the weather is heating up, ensure that you have the area prepared and ready to install the turf the day of delivery.
Apply a starter fertiliser to the soil
Once you have a reasonable amount of underlay levelled (we recommend 100mm), apply a starter fertiliser such as Turf Start (a slow release organic fertilizer which naturally develops the soil providing a bank of nutrients at the root zone during turf development.) as well as soil wetter to encourage deeper root growth and really support your lawn in the establishment period.
Start Laying the Lawn around the perimeter
If you are laying your turf on a slope, start at the bottom. Place your rolls or slabs of turf around the perimeter of the area and lay between the perimeter. Stagger the joints in a brickwork fashion to avoid erosion and butt the turf closely together to avoid gaps – this is where your turf can dry out and cause a patchy lawn.
Don't throw off cuts away
When cutting is required use a sharp knife or shears, but don’t throw these off cuts away. When you have finished laying you will probably find there are a few unusual spaces to fill and these bits are perfect for that.
Water your new lawn as soon as possible
Water as soon as possible. If you are laying a large lawn, try and water as you go – especially on a hot day. If you have access to a roller, we recommend rolling the lawn to ensure good root contact with the soil. As our Sir Walter DNA Certified comes in a slab format, you won't need to use a roller or compacter.
You will need to apply for a watering exemption for your new lawn. This information can be found on the Water Corporation website.