These instructions are provided as a guide only. Advanced techniques and customized equipment used by experienced installers provide excellent results, even on difficult sites. Installation specifications vary widely within the industry – beware of short cuts compromising quality!
Sir Walter is a popular turf variety for professional landscaping applications because of it’s reliability and visual appeal. This specification brochure has been developed to provide landscape architects, specifiers or commercial landscapers with detailed content on specifying Sir Walter in their next project. We have also provided brochures (in PDF form) for other Sir Walter branded products such as Fertilizer, Weed control etc.
Sir Walter turf has been specifically cultivated for the unique but tough Australian environment and climate. This hardy lawn variety has been developed to be drought tolerant and self repairing, which means any patches of discolouration or poor growth will re-establish on their own.
The first rule of thumb to keep in mind when mowing your Sir Walter Soft Leaf Buffalo Lawn, is that mowing height matters!
We know there’s no one mowing height that will work on all lawn types, we do know that close mowing reduces root growth though, which in turn reduces the amount of water the turf can absorb.
Some handy tips from Sir Walter on lawn installation. Let us guide you on laying the perfect Aussie lawn from ground preparation, watering and fertilising to how to lay each piece of Turf, we guide you through the process.
Landscaping and turfing demand some skill with numbers, but not much beyond the simple arithmetic and geometry you probably learned at primary school. Although most of the necessary calculations are generally straightforward, it is nevertheless important that you take care to be accurate.
Sometimes you will need to excavate and remove some soil, often as part of the overall landscape process. For small areas this can be done by hand with shovels, barrows and plenty of sweat; but always remember a cold beer tastes better after a hard days graft.
If you want to use a fertiliser that the experts use, Sir Walter fertiliser is the one for you. It is specially formulated for Sir Walter lawns but in fact you can use it on any other type of lawn.It is a premium lawn food specially developed for Sir Walter. It contains the right balance of nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and all the trace elements that your lawn will require.Now this special blend will improve the growth and colour of your lawn be it Sir Walter or any other type. It is economical too, only 25grams per square metre of lawn. You can get your Sir Walter fertiliser in a 4kg tub or for the bigger jobs the 10kg tub.
Preparing a New Lawn
The preparation for your new lawn is just as important as the installation and crucial to its success.
Always spray the area with a weed killer such as Glypho 360 to remove any unwanted weeds, vegetation or an existing lawn and remember always follow the instructions.
Digging out existing grasses is not always a good way to kill them as some roots can go down over a metre. If your soil is not ideal and you need to improve the structure, cultivate with Gypsum organic matter for clay soils and plenty of organic matter for sandy soils before spreading a 100mm layer of turf underlay soil mix. For more specific advice do not hesitate to contact us 1300 554 442 – or ask us a question on our Facebook page.
If you have a 150mm of good soil already there is no need to bring in any new soil, just cultivate with a rotary hoe or by hand. In some situations you may want to bring in a layer of turf underlay soil mix, just to help you fine tune those levels before putting the turf down.
Calculating how much soil you will need is fairly easy. For a depth of 100m you will need 1 cubic metre per 10spm and spreading is simple. Once your soil has been cultivated and you have spread your turf underlay soil mix, it’s a great idea to add some Sir Launcher which really helps get your lawn started and established. Mix whatever you have added into the top 75mm, level it out and you are ready to go.
Laying new turf / Lawn Installation
Installing your turf is pretty straight forward. Once you have got your preparation done you are ready to go. Turf is cut fresh at the Turf farm and delivered within 24 hours so lay it as soon as possible to avoid the roots drying out.
If the turf is left stacked for any period of time it will result in heat damage. Now the turf is best laid across any slope, this is particularly important on steep sites.
Start from a straight edge such as a driveway or pavement and lay the turf in a brick work pattern ensuring that the edges fit snugly together. Use a sharp spade, a strong knife or garden sheers to cut the turf and to fit it around irregular shapes in your garden such as trees, garden beds and garden edges.
Once you have got your lawn down it is really important to use a water filled roller, you can hire these on a daily basis. What these do is ensure the roots are in good contact with the soil below. Without this important step the roots can dry out, your turf can dry out and you will end up using a lot more water in the first 24-48 hours.
So whatever you do make sure you roll the turf.
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