TIME TO ROLL OUT A LAWN
If you’re planning on starting a new lawn using turf rolls, now is a great time to get cracking. The soil is warming up, which creates an ideal environment for the turf to establish new roots and start growing in time for Christmas parties and backyard cricket. To achieve the best results from your new lawn, a little preparation will go a long way. Remove any existing lawn (and weeds) by spraying the area with weedkiller and after the grass and weeds have died (in about two weeks), rake all the dead foliage up. To help create a soft layer for the new lawn to grow, make lots of holes in the soil with a garden fork (drive the fork about 5cm into the ground and then wiggle it back and forth to loosen the soil). If the soil is particularly compacted or uneven, you can also apply a layer of lawn topsoil. Apply some organic-based fertiliser over the area. It encourages rapid root development and encourages a healthier, stronger lawn. Lay new turf rolls over the area in a brick pattern, fitting each piece snuggly together. It’s important to keep the area moist as the grass establishes and also to minimise foot and pet traffic. Don’t mow your new lawn until it’s about 5-6cm high. Apply a lawn fertiliser after about six weeks to keep it well-fed and looking fantastic.