- SPRAY – the site first if weeds are a problem using Roundup or a similar non-residual herbicide. It is preferable to leave this for 7 – 14 days to ensure that an adequate result has been achieved. In some instances a follow up spray may be required.
- CULTIVATE – the site by digging or using a rotary hoe to a depth of 100mm. This is often avoidable on new sites where fresh topsoil has just been applied.
- LEVEL – the site using a board, rake or screed. Add soil if necessary to fill any hollows or low spots. Allow 10mm around your edges to allow for the thickness of the turf.
- CONSOLIDATE – the area by tramping by foot or using a light garden roller. This is a very important part of the process to ensure that moisture retention is adequate and to ensure that the surface does not deteriorate after installation. Once this has been completed it may be necessary to give the soil a final rake to smooth out any foot prints or imperfections in the surface.
- FERTILISE – the entire area with an even application of Pre-Plant fertiliser at 4kg/100m² which is available from Fine lawn. Just enquire from one of our friendly staff when you place your order.
- ORDER – your turf by phoning our free-phone number (0800-346-352) by 4.00pm two days before the delivery is required. For areas south of Taupo or difficult to service regions more notice may be required prior to delivery. If you do not have an account with our company simply have your credit card handy to quote the relevant details at the time of phoning.
- LAY – your turf in a staggered brick like fashion, preferably starting from a straight edge. The turf must be laid immediately upon delivery. It should be stored in a cool or shady site.
Ensure that all edges and ends are tightly butted together. Cut and trim any surplus ends using a sharp knife.
- ROLL – your lawn after installation to ensure that there is good contact between the turf and the soil. This is best achieved by the use of a light garden roller.
- WATER – the turf within 30 minutes of installation. Maintain watering up to saturation point until the turf is firmly rooted. Ideally, watering should occur in the morning with a light spray at the hottest part of the day (2.00pm – 3.00pm) during summer just to remove the heat from the surface. Avoid ponding of water especially on hot sunny days as that water will heat up and scorch the grass. Watering should exceed the rate of evapotranspiration, which is the rate at which water is lost from the soil and plant system. In the height of summer this water loss can exceed 6mm per day. To ensure this is being done, place a dish on the lawn when the sprinkler is going to accurately determine exactly how much water you are actually applying.
- MOW – your new lawn little and often after installation. The first cut should occur within seven (7) days of installation with ideally follow up cuts occurring every 5 – 6 days. Always remove the litter by using a catcher. Ensure that your mower blades are sharp so that leaf blade is cut rather than torn. As a rule of thumb remove no more than 20% of the total leaf area with each cut and maintain cutting heights at between 25mm – 30mm.