How To Lay Instant Turf – DIY At Bunnings

I’m going to show you how to lay instant turf. The tools we’ll need for this job is a turf.

I’m going to show you how to lay instant turf.
The tools we’ll need for this job is a turf spreader, gloves to protect my hands, secateurs
to cut the turf, we need a hose, rake, we need the instant turf and we’ll either need
a lawn builder or a startup fertilizer to really help establish the root system of the
lawn. So, we’ve already prepared the surface area with some top soil and some wetting agent
to hold the moisture underneath the turf. We’ve selected a buffalo turf for this area
because we’ve got the tree above and there’s a fair bit of shade. The buffalo will really
handle the shade a lot better than say a cooch grass or a kikuyu. Because we’ve got sandy
soil, we’re really lucky as far as drainage goes but we’ve had to add a lot of topsoil
in here as well as a wetting agent to hold the water near the roots of the lawn. If we
had a clay soil, we’d have to dig down 100 to 150 mil and add sandy loam and gypsum to
improve the drainage. So, to prepare the soil for laying the instant
turf, you use your rake to spread out your topsoil and then level it out with your soil
spreader. The way the soil spreader works is it just runs the bars across the top of
the soil to get a real fine grading on the top. Since we’ve already done that, we don’t
need to use these tools, but that’s how you prepare for instant turf. So, we’re going
to put down the lawn builder or the startup fertilizer. Make sure when you do this you
that follow the instructions on the packet because too much can burn the roots of the
lawn. It’s important when spreading the fertilizer to start from one corner and work your way
back, just to make sure you get an even coverage. So, now we’ve spread the fertilizer we just
need to wet the fertilizer in to create a nice moist bed for the turf to lay on. Okay
so, we’re going to start in the corner. We’re putting our first roll of turf in. We’re going
to butt that up hard against both of the sides of the corner. It’s important to try not to
kneel on the turf or stretch the turf, as it needs to remain compact in the soil so
the root system doesn’t get disturbed. Laying turf can be a one person job but I’m going
to get Rob to give me a hand. When you’re putting the next piece of turf in make sure
that you butt up the heels of the turf together so they form a nice edge, and that way you
want get as much dying off with the joints. So, to avoid having all the joints in the
same position, we’re going to lay it in a brick shape pattern, which will help retain
the moisture and again you’ll get less dry off. All you do for this is start the next
roll of turf halfway up the first roll and then we’ll cut a piece to fit into the corner.
All we need to do is lay the turf out next to the piece. Just make sure that it’s butted
up hard against the edge and then with a pair of secateurs, we’re just going to cut the
joint. Make sure when you’re laying the turf that you’re butting up each piece hard against
the next one to avoid any air pockets. It’ll help to stop the dry off. Now that we’ve got our two starting rows,
we’re just going to continue right down to the other end and work our way across. Okay
so, we’ve come to the tree in the middle of the lawn. Same process as cutting for the
ends, except instead of cutting a straight line we’re going to cut around the tree. So,
I’ve laid the turf up against the tree, butting up nicely against the piece of turf behind
it, but what I’ve done is put the excess turf up the tree trunk and then I’ll just cut around
the base of it. So, it forms a nice curve around the tree. We’re just going to repeat
the process for the other side of the tree and then just keep laying the turf. Okay so,
we’ve got on the last run of our turf here and we’ve only got about half of the width
of the turf left to go. So, all we need to do is lay the turf over the gap and then cut
to size and just lay it as normal in your brick pattern. Remember it’s important when laying your turf
to butt the pieces up close together but don’t overlap them, because you need to have a nice
seam so that you don’t get any die off. Now that the turf’s down, we’re going to water
it in. If you can water it in within the first half an hour that’s ideal, but just as soon
as you can afterwards, give it a really, really good soaking and that way it’ll help the roots
to settle in. You need to keep the turf wet for the first four to six weeks depending
on your climate. After that, you can back off the watering a little bit to encourage
deep rooting in your grass. So, now that the lawn’s in all that’s left to do is keep foot
traffic down to a minimum for the next four weeks but that’s it. Instant turf.

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