Laying the Lawn

 to Lay Your new Lush Lawn.

Laying Lush Lawn is a gratifying experience, you get a new, green lawn in no time! The time to lay Lush Lawn is early morning before it gets too hot. The soil in the planting area should be moist, not soggy or dry. Water thoroughly one or two days before the sod is delivered so that the top several inches of soil are wetted. Then allow time for the soil to drain so that it’s not muddy and is workable.

Fertilize the soil.

Before you begin laying the Lush Lawn, apply fertiliser to the entire area after the final leveling. No need to rake the fertilizer into the soil — you lay the Lush Lawn right on top of it.

 Make sure the Lush Lawn is moist.

The Lush Lawn should be cool and moist to the touch, but not dripping wet. Sprinkle the Lush Lawn quickly to keep it cool, but don’t soak it. Then, as soon as you’ve laid down the sod, soak it with impunity.

 Choose the right place for the first row of Lush Lawn.

Start laying Lush Lawn along a straight edge, such as next to a path or driveway, so that everything starts off straight. If your lawn has an irregular shape, run a string across the centre of the lawn area, with each end of the string attached to a stake. Lay Lush Lawn on either side of the string.

 Unroll the first piece of Lush Lawn.

To avoid roughing up the planting surface or the new Lush Lawn, kneel on a board or piece of plywood as you work. Make sure that you place the edges of the Lush Lawn tightly against any hard surfaces, such as Concrete paths, or driveways. Otherwise, you have empty gaps where the edges of the Lush Lawn can dry out.

 Set the loose end of the second piece tightly against the end of the first piece and unroll it.

Handle the Lush Lawn with care so that it doesn’t tear or fall apart as you move it.

 Cinch the edges as close as possible without overlapping or stretching the Lush Lawn. Stagger the ends as if you’re laying brick.

  Level the planting surface with a rake as you go.

If part of the planting surface gets roughed up, level it with a steel rake. Otherwise, you’ll have a bumpy lawn. Occasionally, you may need to lift a piece of Lush Lawn, rake level, and then replace the Lush Lawn. It is a good idea to work off plywood or timber planks to avoid denting the surface with your knees or feet.

  Cutting and joining Lush Lawn

When you come to the end of a row, roll the Lush Lawn out over the edge  and cut it to fit with a sharp knife. You can also use the same technique when cutting around pop up lawn sprinklers and the like. To join the rolls together slightly overlap the turf rolls as shown below and cut a straight edge remove the off cut from below the top roll, butt the two ends together and lightly tamp with the back end of the rake.

 Rolling your new Lush Lawn

To help level the Lush Lawn and ensure good contact between roots and soil, you need to roll the Lush Lawn. Use a roller that’s half full of water. Roll perpendicular to the length of the Lush Lawn

Watering your new Lush Lawn

Watering is one of the most important things once you have your new Lush Lawn laid. If the Lush Lawn dries out the individual rolls can shrink leaving gaps between the rolls, or worse still burn off leaving dead patches. TO keep your Lush Lawn watered correctly follow the following steps.

 

·         Use your irrigation system, hose or sprinkler to keep the turf roll moist and the top 50-100mm of soil under the roll moist.

·         If laying during hot months you may need to water the new Lush Lawn 2-3 times a day.

·         If you are unsure how wet it is under the lawn roll lift a corner up to inspect.

·         Once the lawn has established you will need to cut the amount of watering back so over watering does not occur.

 

 

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