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How to: lay a lawn


Did you know? The average turf backyard captures carbon and produces enough oxygen for a family of four?


The Ross Family entertaining area has come under fire recently - too many parties! It needs a revamp and autumn is the time to do it.


Step 1: Choose your lawn variety. Measure your area and organise the delivery day. Prepare the area. You may need to dig out existing grass and turn over the soil. Heavy clay soils need to be broken down with gypsum, groundbreaker and a rotary hoe. Sandy soil will need added soil nutrients.

Step 2: Level the area and add ‘turf underlay’, which is available from your local landscape supply yard. A 50mm layer will be perfect. Compress with a roller to flatten out the area.

Step 3: Add lawn starter fertiliser granules and water crystals pre-soaked in seaweed solution. Wet the soil before laying the turf.

Step 4: Roll out the lawn, starting from the outer edges. Stagger the rolls and butt them close together. Any cuts should be in the middle of the lawn not on the outside. Water with seaweed solution and repeat fortnightly throughout autumn.


Photo - Linda Ross


4 best lawns

1.Empire Zoysia: exceptional drought performance/ tolerance. Will survive three months without rainfall and will often green up after rains when buffalo won’t. Not usually affected by army worm. Recent research shows that it requires half the mowing of couch: sports grounds could save big money.

2.Palmetto Buffalo: good shade tolerance, and needs less mowing than some other buffalos (and half the mowing of kikuyu). Best winter colour in recent trials. Has less thatch and produces less seed heads – so is also better for allergy sufferers.

3.Sir Walter Buffalo: this lawn takes much longer to brown off than other lawns, and has superior dry weather performance.

4.Kings Park Buffalo: good in high traffic areas, good performance in shade and sun. Mow less than other buffalos, and can be mown low. Soft leaves. Great winter colour into early spring.


Don’t fall for

Cool season grasses. Our hot summers, dry weather and water restrictions make cool season grasses impossible to keep alive. These include Rye grass, Blue Grass andTall Fescue, which is green all year round in cool climates but needs to be watered regularly in summer!


Text: Linda Ross

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Author: Linda Ross