Laying New Lawn

Laying sods (instant lawn)

Install your lawn immediately upon delivery. Start laying sod from the back of your property to the front along the longest straight boundary line. Should your boundary line area be irregular in shape, run a string along a straight line though the area and begin laying sod along this line. Work away from the line so as not to step on freshly laid sod. Butt edges and ends to fit tightly against each other. Stagger strips as though laying bricks to offset seams and promote better knitting together of edges. Ensure that each sod piece has good contact with the soil surface. Air pockets prevent good rooting. Push the individual strips together firmly- do not stretch the sods.

In hot weather, protect unlaid sods by placing stacks in the shade. Very hot summer temperatures can quickly damage fresh-cut sod, it is therefore very important to protect the sod before, during and after installation.

Trim edges with sharp knife or digging spade. Use a sharp knife to cut sod to conform to curved boundaries, around trees, sprinkler heads and cement structures. Avoid cutting sod into short or narrow strips, as smaller pieces run a greater risk of drying out and failing to root properly. When laying sod on a steep slope, use wooden pegs to temporarily keep sod in place.

Planting plugs

Before installing plugs, thoroughly water the area to be plugged to soften the soil. Using a plugger (available from Bergland), dig holes in a checker-board pattern. Insert a teaspoon of fertiliser in every hole and cover lightly with soil.

Plant the plug securely, tapping the soil around the plug. Water the area thoroughly again, and continue to water for 7-10 days until the plugs are firmly rooted.

Wait at least two weeks before mowing. Once the roots are firmly rooted, mowing will promote spread.

Planting sprigs

By hand
Lay roots in rows in furrows of 20-50mm deep, no further apart than 100mm. Once laid, cover with soil and compress to ensure the roots make good contact with the soil. Roll the area with a hand roller to ensure soil levels are maintained and roots are in contact with the soil. Fertilise and irrigate well. Pre-germination herbicide must be applied within 10 days of sprigging to ensure that weeds do not germinate. Keep soil moisture content within the top 50mm layer for minimum of eight weeks.

Rotovator
Spread your sprigs evenly over the surface to the same density as hand planting. Cultivate the sprigs with a Rota-Dairon rotovator with the depth setting on 80mm. The rotovator will break the roots up into smaller pieces and spread them thoroughly through the soil. Roll the area with a hand roller to ensure soil levels are maintained and roots are in contact with the soil. If levels need correction, do it before rolling again. Fertilise and irrigate well. Pre-germination herbicide must be applied within 10 days of sprigging to ensure that weeds do not germinate. Keep soil moisture content within the top 50mm layer for minimum of eight weeks.

Sprig planter
A fairway planter is ideal for planting athletic fields, golf courses, recreation areas, sod and turf farms, areas surrounding ponds or anywhere you wish to keep the land surface as undisturbed as possible. Fairway planters broadcast sprigs rather than cultivate the ground. Different densities can be planted to suite your requirements. Roll the area with a hand roller to ensure soil levels are maintained and roots are in contact with the soil. Fertilise and irrigate well. . Pre-germination herbicide must be applied within 10 days of sprigging to ensure that weeds do not germinate. Keep soil moisture content within the top 50mm layer for minimum of eight weeks.

Planting seeds

Kikuyu should not be seeded less than 30kg/Ha and only during spring and summer months. Prepare a very fine seedbed with low surface moisture content. Before seeding, rake in one direction several times to make a furrow for the seed. Apply the seed and rake in the other direction several times to ensure the seed penetrates the soil and stays within the top 8mm. Roll the surface with a hand roller and fertilise. Irrigate thoroughly to maintain optimum moisture conditions for the first six weeks. (The top 15mm layer must never dry out completely) and keep traffic to a minimum.

Herbicides can be applied in low dosages to eradicate weeds, but not before the grass reaches 5-leaf stage. Normal manual weed control methods (Lawnmower and hand weeding) are recommended.

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