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The best time to install a new lawn is during spring and early summer when the earth is becoming warmer and the nights are losing their chill.

Step 1: The first step to installing new lawn is to decide which type of lawn you want.

The choice you make can depend on several factors such as your budget, your lifestyle and the length of time available. Although Buffalo varieties of turf are initially more expensive the require much less maintenance than Couch varieties, which means it does cost less to maintain long term. Examine the lawn of your friends and neighbours and talk to a specialist.

Couch Grass

Kikuyu Grass

Buffalo Grass

Step 2: The next step is to prepare the soil

  • Rake the soil and remove rocks, rubbish and roots.
  • Ensure you have at least 150mm of good quality top soil. If not get some from a reputable place like (remember length x breadth x 0.15 = ?? m3)
  • Level the area and fertilize if necessary. Lawn grasses need three important nutrients - Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) in order to thrive. It's advisable to add a fertilizer to your soil which contains these three nutrients in a ration of (N)1:(P)2:(K)1. Later once your lawn is established, it requires less phosphorus and more of the other two elements. Water the fertilizer in if you have used fertilizer.
  • Lightly compact the soil.

Step 3: Installation

Lay the rolls tightly against each other avoiding gaps and staggering the joins to reduce movement. Use a large serrated knife to cut the rolls as needed. Lightly compact the lawn once laid to ensure a smooth and level finish.

Step 4: Watering

For efficient water use and to maintain a healthy lawn you need a professionally designed reticulation system. Hoses and moveable sprinkler are inefficient and are less likely to provide an even coverage. By watering regularly at least three times a week for 20-30 minutes you will help your new lawn develop a deep and healthy root system. You can apply for a water exemptions when installing a new lawn. See the Water Corporation Website for details.

Established Lawn Care

A lawn generally needs its first cut two - three weeks after installation (in the warmer months). Mow often never removing more than 1/3 f the leaf. It is best to use a cylinder mower at least for the first few cuts as it not only provides a superior cut but the sheer weight of the machine helps level out any uneven patches. You should also fertilize the lawn once every six to eight weeks throughout the first year to maintain healthy growth and color.

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