We are fortunate today that many lawn varieties are available, including those suitable for difficult growing environments. Whether the difficulty comes from the slope of the yard, shade, condition of the soil or climate, often it can all be overcome by simply selecting the right variety of lawn and the preparation you undertake before installing the lawn.
Some lawn varieties are better than others at handling difficult growing environments and the best one in particular is Sir Walter DNA Certified Premium turf. Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Lawn was cultivated as a tough turf specifically for the harsh Australian environment. A low maintenance grass, Sir Walter Buffalo lawns are soft underfoot and incredibly easy to maintain. Sir Walter has been created to be shade tolerant as well as pest resistant, salt tolerant and self-repairing, so it’s a great choice all round.
Before installing your new lawn it is crucial to prepare your lawn to ensure its success. Ensure that you have appropriate drainage systems installed and level out any dips or uneven parts of the yard.
To prepare your lawn:
- Spray the area with a weed killer to remove unwanted weeds, vegetation or an existing lawn.
- You can use a weed killer such as Glypho 360.
- Always follow the instructions on the product you are using.
- Some roots can go down to over a metre, so digging out existing grasses is not always a good way to kill them.
To improve the structure of your soil:
- Cultivate with Gypsum organic matter for clay soils.
- Use plenty of organic matter for sandy soils.
- Spread a 100mm layer of turf underlay soil mix.
If you have 150mm of good soil:
- There is no need to bring in any new soil.
- Cultivate with a rotary hoe or by hand.
- If needed, you can bring in a layer of turf underlay soil mix, to help fine tune the levels before laying the turf down.
Calculating how much soil you will need:
- For a depth of 100m you will need 1 cubic metre per 10m2.
Once your soil has been cultivated and you have spread your turf underlay mix:
- Add Sir Launcher, which helps to get your lawn started and established.
- Mix whatever you have added into the top 75mm and level it out.
By ensuring that you have adequate drainage, a level surface and soil in the best possible condition before you even get to the stage of installing the lawn, you will be in a much better position to have a lush, green, thriving lawn despite the initial difficult growing conditions.
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