Here you can find comprehensive guides with everything you need to know about lawn care. Prepare correctly for the installation of your lawn. Keep your turf grass healthy and green for the whole family to enjoy.

Preparing your turf provides a detailed overview of DIY turf installation. There is plenty of useful information available here. If you are paying to have your turf grass installed it is still worthwhile have a look. We cover the tools you need and the steps you should take before and during the installation of your new lawn.

Caring for your turf is a quick reference guide to the essentials of lawn care. For bothPreparing your turf and Caring for your turf, we have downloadable PDFs which summarise the information. You can print this information out. Take it with you into the backyard for easy reference.

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Preparing your turf

Site preparation before installation of your new lawn is crucial. The method of turf installation can determine the quality of the final product. Whether you are installing turf grass at a domestic home or a commercial property, Jimboomba Turf has an installation service to achieve your required finish with minimal fuss.

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This section provides a do-it-yourself guide to preparing you turf for best results.

Before you start you will need:

  • weed killer
  • rotary hoe (hire if needed)
  • tape measure
  • rake
  • fertiliser and spreader
  • roller (hire if needed)
  • broom
  • hose or sprinkler

Step1: Clear the area

Clear_The_Area_Lawn_Care_Jimboomba_TurfRemove the weeds either by hand or spray with a glyphosate herbicide (e.g. Roundup), then wait until the weeds die (approximately seven to ten days). Remove all debris including any small rocks and twigs.  If removing an existing lawn and replacing with a new variety, consider hiring a turf cutter for large areas, alternatively use a sharp spade.

Step2: Cultivate the area

Cultivate_The_Area_Lawn_Care_Jimboomba_TurfUse a rotary hoe (available for hire) to cultivate the whole area. Otherwise you can dig it over thoroughly with a garden fork to a depth of about 150mm.  Remove any rocks, stones or sticks as you dig. If you are applying gypsum (to treat a clay soil), this is the stage to do it.

Step3: Incorporate underlay

Incorporate_Underlay_Lawn_Care_Jimboomba_TurfIncorporate the turf underlay soil, spreading to a depth of 50-100mm, depending on your site soil. You will need to order 1m³ of underlay for every 20m² of turf area if you are putting it at 50mm depth. If organic compost such as manure is used, ensure it is well composted. Level off soil with a rake and then firm by watering. Ensure finished turf sits 75mm below weep holes.

Step4: Order the turf

Order_The_Turf_Lawn_Care_Jimboomba_TurfMeasure up the area, marking the dimensions on a sketch of the area. If you are uncertain as to the amount of turf required, you can visit, fax, or email our staff the sketch with your measurements. We will work out the quantity of turf required and advise you of the most suitable turf variety for your specific area. Alternatively, check out our turf calculator.

Step5: Apply lawn starter

Apply_Lawn_Starter_Jimboomba_TurfPrior to installation of your turf, apply a pre plant lawn fertiliser at the recommended rate. Using a fertiliser spreader will ensure even distribution.

Tip: this will give your lawn plenty of nutrients for a couple of months.

Step6: Lay the turf

Lay_The_Turf_Lawn_Care_Jimboomba_TurfTurf is cut fresh at the turf farm and delivered within 24 hours. Lay turf the day you receive it to avoid any drying out and overheating.

Tip: Turf is laid across sloping sites. Start from a straight edge such as driveway or paving. Lay the turf in a brick work pattern, ensuring the edges fit snugly together.

Step7: Trim the turf to fit

Trim_The_Turf_To_Fit_Lawn_Care_Jimboomba_TurfUse a sharp spade, a strong knife or garden shears to cut the turf to fit around irregular shapes in your garden, such as trees, garden beds and edging.

Tip: Don’t throw away any of the turf trimmings. They may be used to fill little gaps later on.

Step8: Roll it down

Roll_It_Down_Lawn_Care_Jimboomba_TurfUse a water filled lawn roller to roll the turf (these can be hired) to connect the roots well into the underlay.

Tip:  Without this essential step, the roots may dry out and the turf will struggle to establish. This step will help your turf to take root faster, and keep its colour during establishment.

Step9: Water in well

Water_In_Well_Lawn_Care_Jimboomba_TurfWater the turf in really well, methodically and thoroughly soaking each square metre of the newly installed turf. The soil must be kept moist until the roots of the turf have established – usually around ten to fourteen days.

Tip: To test, try to lift a corner of the turf – if it holds well it’s established – if it comes away in your hand it needs more time.

For more advice or a FREE no-obligation quote on a full installation you can contact our friendly staff

on 07 3114 8230 or use our contact us page and will get back to you shortly.

Caring for your turf

Regularly caring for your turf brings great rewards from a relatively small effort.
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Step1: Watering

Deep soaking promotes strong turf grass growth, and is better for root development than regular light watering when caring for your turf. It is essential that water goes deep into the soil base so that the turf grass develops a very strong, deep root base – this encourages strong turf growth.

Step2: Mowing

Properly caring for your turf requires regular mowing with sharp blades to promote healthy lawn growth. Mowing too low removes the grass ‘leaf’ and its ability to generate energy to grow. Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf as this can result in shallow root growth and a ‘scarfed out’ appearance, which means a less resistant drought-grass with dry patches and weeds.

Step3:Weeding

Healthy lawns need little weeding, while compacted soil usually displays open ground which encourages weed growth. Caring for your turf with correct use of selective herbicides and good fertilising practices will control most weed species. Herbicide can be used to treat weed-infested lawns. Make sure you choose one that is appropriate to your lawn type and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Check out the Online Shop for a range of suitable weeding products.

Step4: Fertiliser

Turf grass thrives better with a balanced application of the right nutrients. To maintain optimum growth when caring for your turf, grass requires 16 essential nutrients. These nutrients encourage a healthy deep root base, deep colouring, plus assist the turf grass to out compete weeds, and tolerate stress a little better. When fertiliser is applied, a good soaking with the sprinkler must immediately follow to reduce the risk of burning the grass. It is better to spread a little fertiliser more often, than greater amounts less regularly. Check out the Online Shop for a range of suitable fertilising products.

Step5:Aeration

Compacted lawns do not get enough air, water, or nutrients for their roots to grow. Compacted lawn need to be worked over with a garden fork or a coring machine that has a spiked roller.

Step6: Lawn Repair

Re-turfing is the quickest way to patch dead or damaged lawn. A matching piece of turf can simply be cut to size, fitted into place and watered in.

For more advice or a FREE no-obligation quote on a new lawn you can contact our friendly staff

on 07 3114 8230 or use our contact us page and will get back to you shortly.

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