Lawn Turf Frequently Asked Questions

At Daleys Turf we provide you with a wealth of very useful information to make the best decision with your new lawn purchase. Please find a list of frequently asked questions below that we get asked here at Daley’s Turf. Click on a “question link” below to jump to the answer for your specific question or just scroll the page to read them all.

 

Below you will find our comprehensive Video support series link which also includes links to downloadable information and links to our very useful articles for further reading and research:

 

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The Video Support series includes:

  • How We Do It Series Videos including delivery, installation and more.
  • Turf Installation Videos including preparation, measuring your lawn and more.
  • Lawn Mowing and Feeding Videos including fertilising and more.
  • Lawn Tips and Watering Videos including sun/shade, soil pH and more.
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WHAT IS THE THICKNESS OF SIR WALTER TURF FOR PREPARATION OF AREA FOR LAYING?

When preparing a new area, you will need to allow 45mm for your Sir Walter slab to sit on top. This enables the lawn to sit at the correct heights, especially when along side driveways, pathways and garden edging which normally determines your levels.

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HOW LONG WILL THE TURF KEEP ON A PALLET BEFORE IT NEEDS TO BE LAID?

Ideally, your turf needs to be laid within 24 hours of receiving it. In the cooler months it can last longer but getting it down as soon as you can will be a better result for the lawn in the long run.

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WHEN CAN I GIVE MY LAWN ITS FIRST MOW?

This usually takes place within10-21 days, depending on the season. The warmer time of the year it will take root faster.

 

To test to see if your lawn is ready for a mow, just grab hold of the turf matt and see if you can lift it, if it doesn’t lift, then you can mow.

 

Always best to give your lawn a drink straight after the first mow.

 

Don’t let your lawn get too long before its first mow. If your lawn is in quite a bit of shade, it could probably be left a bit longer.

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WHAT HEIGHT SHOULD A SIR WALTER LAWN BE MOWN AT?

You should maintain your Sir Walter lawn at 35mm height (usually 3rd -4th notch from the bottom). If your lawn is in plenty of shade, raise the mower height to 5 or 6 on your mower and mow less frequently.

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HOW MUCH TOPSOIL/UNDERLAY SHOULD WE PUT DOWN?

50-100mm of underlay is ideal. Use a good quality sandy loam from your local landscape yard.

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WHEN’S THE BEST TIME TO LAY TURF?

Here on the Sunshine Coast we can lay lawns all year round, however we do find laying in the summer months is just hard work and requires a lot more watering, so for that reason we suggest to avoid December and January if possible.

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HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WATER MY NEW LAWN?

New lawns will need to be watered heavily on the day of installation, then morning and night in hot weather for at least 3 weeks, cooler weather just once a day for 3 weeks, and all you will be doing is keeping the soil moist, making it attractive for the new roots to make their home.

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WHY IS SIR WALTER BETTER THAN OTHER BUFFALO’S VARIETIES?

Sir Walter’ has proven it self over the last 12 years that it has been in production;

 

  • Thick matt that suppresses all other weeds
  • Lawn grubs don’t normally bother it
  • The most drought tolerant of all buffalo’s
  • Green all year round
  • The best shade variety on the market
  • Has the best resistance to herbicides and fungus
  • Quicker recovery after wear and tear

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WHY IS SIR WALTER SO EXPENSIVE?

Normal turf takes about 4-6 months to grow ready for harvest, meaning we can get at least 2 crops per year, but ‘Sir Walter’ takes a full 12 months to grow ready for our customers, and we also have to replant our paddocks or leave a ribbon behind which adds to the cost.

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DO I NEED TO TOP DRESS NEWLY LAID ‘SIR WALTER’?

No, if you lay your slabs properly there is no need to top dress. Top dressing is only done when you need to repair your lawn due to poor nutrients or levels.

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