Sir Launcher is a fantastic new water saving starter fertiliser that will save you time, money and water. Sir Launcher consists of some starter fertiliser, essential nutrients, and water crystals that act like water magnets.
The water crystals rehydrate themselves with each watering lasting several years before biodegrading harmlessly. It also helps lawns survive water restrictions by less frequent watering during establishment. It needs to be raked into the top 50-75mm of soil. You would be crazy not to use this product when laying a new lawn.
It only costs around 35cents a square metre to water restriction proof your lawn and give it the great healthy start it needs with Sir Launcher, which is money well spent!
Mowing tips / Lawn mowing and feeding
Your first mow is a special moment and should take place as soon as the lawn needs it, generally 1 to 3 weeks after laying and all you need to do is just take the tips of and remember whenever you are mowing never take off more than a third of the leaf blade. Mowing can take place every 7 to 14 days during late spring and summer. During autumn and winter about every 2 to 5 weeks or as required.
The mowing height is best kept between 40 to 60 mm throughout the year. Mowing at a higher level will improve drought tolerance and leaf softness as well as shade out weeds and keep the soil cooler, in turn saving water.
If weeds appear mow them off to prevent them from going to seed. Any type of mower is suitable for Sir Walter as long as the blades are sharp and always remember, never mow your Sir Walter too low – about 50mil is ideal.
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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Measuring your lawn area / Lawn Installation
Lawns come in all shapes and sizes. Here are a few handy tips to help you work out how much soil and lawn you are going to need.
To measure the area of a square or rectangle, just multiply the length by the width. To measure the area of a circle, multiply the radius by itself and then by 3.14. To measure the area of a triangle, multiply the height by the base divided by 2. You will need 1 cubic metre per 10 square metres. For irregular shapes it is a good idea to break the area down, measure those and then add them all up. And always remember to add about 5-10% extra on your order for contingencies.
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