Thinking about replacing your lawn – try these expert tips
March 7, 2021
- Successful establishment of all lawn types, just like any plant relies on proper soil and preparation
- Many lawns deteriorate over time due to compaction or encroachment by other grasses and weeds
- Some lawns end up being not suitable as increased shade from trees or new buildings affects the lawn
Often there can be a lot of debris, weeds and other grasses you need to get rid of before you start on your new lawn.
If your lawn has reached a point where you think it needs replacement, it may be worth your while talking to your local Kings Pride turfgrower to give you some local advice. If they can’t get someone out to check out your dilapidated lawn, then they could certainly recommend an expert in your area that would be up to the challenge.
When it comes to replacing your lawn, it will depend considerably on your own circumstances, but usually there are a few key things that need to be carried out:
Choose your new lawn-type
Any turf-type can be kept to a standard that can make your neighbours envious of your new lawn, but a lot has to do with your climate, your use of your lawn, as well as shade and wear considerations.
Again, it’s a good idea to find local reputable advice, so talk to your Kings Pride Turf Grower to find out more on what type of lawn would be best suited to your yard.
Kings Pride Buffalo makes for an attractive, low maintenance lawn, around most of the country. Its soft leaf, low growth habit, low maintenance and hardiness to drought, wear and shade, makes it a favourite of Turfgrowers and landscapers alike.
Get rid of old grass and vegetation
Depending on the grass-type currently in your yard, you’ll need to spray the old lawn at least once and possibly twice or more using a non-selective herbicide.
Some grass and weed-types like couch and onionweed are difficult to kill and may require a couple of sprays and you may even need to look at bringing in an expert to go with some more toxic and knock-out herbicides.
Getting rid of these invasive grasses and weeds from the start will make it a lot easier down the track to keep your new lawn in top condition.
Once you’ve got to a stage of a dead and dying lawn it’s time to look at the next step of cultivation.
Cultivation and new soil
Depending on your soil type and the size of your lawn, you may have good enough soil to take to your old dead lawn with some hand tools. A mattock or garden fork can be used to work the soil and then a rake to level and take out the old vegetation. For larger areas, a walk-behind cultivator from a hire shop or else a dingo or similar with a cultivator attachment may be the best option.
You still may need to work edges with the hand tools and cultivate to a depth of around 100 to 150mm, removing the trash and bringing in a new topsoil if necessary. An organic rich sandy-loam is usually best and can be levelled out over the top of your cultivated soil. Level out with a rake or lawn-leveller and keep in mind your edges to allow enough depth of around 30-40mm (an inch and a half) for the new turf going down.
Soil test and starter fertiliser
Before you install your new turf it’s a good idea to help eliminate any potential pH problems by getting a simple Ph test sample kit from your local nursery or from your Turf grower.
Following the test, make any corrections to imbalances with lime or sulphur products available from your nursery and apply a starter fertiliser for your lawn.
Again, talk to your Turf Grower and they can help with the appropriate fertiliser or wetting agent if you happen to be in a sandy-soil location.
Install new turf
Once you’ve got the bed prepared, order your turf and install – green side up – working from one edge in what’s called a brick pattern.
Keep laying until you get to the edges and using a spade or garden knife, cut off any overlapping pieces.
Make sure all your turf is touching the soil and water-in well, keeping your eye on whether the soil underneath gets wet-through.
Establishing your new lawn
Keep up with watering regularly for the next couple of weeks and depending on where you are and at what time of the year you should see roots starting to set in the first couple of weeks.
Follow instructions from your turf supplier and once you’ve got it established, a high mow and topdress to level up any edges or patches may be necessary.
Fertilise after it’s been down again at about six weeks and then you should be in business with your new-look- lawn.
For further information talk to one of our Kings Pride Turf Growers in a location near you – details on grower section on this site.