1 - Ground
- Level the
land to provide a smooth flat surface with 15 to 25 cm of tilth (preferable a
sandy loam soil) topped off with sand or peat.
- Remove all
stone, clods and weeds.
to compact the soil and pass over with a roller.
the day before laying the turf.
2 - Laying
Starting at one side of the garden unroll the turf in parallel with
the border. For the 2nd row of turf use wooden planks on top of
the first row to spread the weight of the operators to prevent damage.
Pay special attention to the joins between the rolls to make sure
no gaps are left where exposed roots might dry out.
Tamp down the unrolled turf with the back of a rake and pass a
cylinder roller over the lawn when completed to ensure that the turf is in
contact with the soil and no pockets of air exist which could cause air
pruning of the roots.
Irrigate well taking special care to wet the joins of the rolls.
For the first few days irrigate several times per day to maintain moist
soil until rooting in occurs(when the turf sod cannot be lifted away from
the soil) when irrigation can be reduced.
3 - Mowing
rooting in has occurred the lawn should be cut regularly, preferably with a
cylinder mower. The mowing height recommended is 4 cm and at any mowing no
more than one third of the leaf should be removed. Great care must be taken in
keeping mower blades sharp as blunt blades will lead to fungal infections.
4 - Watering
mentioned, in the initial installation phase the lawn should be watered several
times per day until rooted in. After this watering should be of sufficient
volume that water passes to the bottom of the root zone.
Irrigation should be
scheduled early in the morning when there is less wind and the potential for disease infection is reduced.