Selecting Your Lawn Type

Selecting a suitable lawn

When making a decision about the type of lawn, consider the following:

  • Climate
  • Shade
  • Drought tolerance
  • The amount of time you wish to spend maintaining your lawn
  • The costs (resist the temptation to consider money first and variety second. Converting a poor lawn to a superior lawn usually costs in the long run. An ill considered choice can cost more to maintain in the long term than the initial capital outlay at the time of installation.)

Sods

A professional sod lawn needs no special care as it is a healthy, mature lawn when installed, whereas sprigged, seeded, or plugged lawns require at least a season of nurturing before reaching maturity. Sod is grown under expert supervision from either top quality seed blends, or certified hybrid sprigs. After it has been installed, simply water, mow and fertilise your sod lawn as needed and it will remain a healthy, green carpet of grass, requiring very little maintenance.

Sod can be installed practically anywhere, even where seeing is impossible, or too costly. Sod is often used to stop soil erosion as well as water pollution on slopes where water is likely wash away both seed and soil. Sod is available in a variety of grass blends to suit various conditions, such as climate, amount of usage, sun and shade conditions.

Sod establishes itself quickly and is ready for full use in just a couple of weeks. It creates the perfect surface for lawn games and family outdoor living. Considering the various blends of hardy grasses currently available, sod is chosen for parks, golf courses, athletic fields, as well as residential homes and office parks.

Great care is taken to ensure that Bergland sod is weed and pest free. Shortly after removing the sod, the soil is treated with a pre-germination weed killer to prevent weed seeds from germinating. The turf is treated with pesticides to ensure that no worms are relocated to your site. The products used in this process are not hazardous to humans or animals.

Plugs

A lawn plug is a pre-rooted sod supplied with a complete root system. Plugs are easy to grow and perfect for a do-it-yourself lawn. One tray of 18 plugs spaced 20cm apart, can cover an area of 0.5 square metres. Lawn plugs are easier to transport and cleaner to handle than conventional slabs of instant lawn (sods).

Lawn plugs are ideal for patching and great when renovating existing lawns. They can also be used to grow a new lawn, where complete coverage is usually achieved in one growing season.

Sprigs

Sprigging means planting Kikuyu roots by hand in areas where machines are unable work. Sprigs can also be planted by a Rotovator using a Roto-Dairon rotovator.

Seeds

Seeing is generally used where grass species other than Kikuyu is desired. Hydroseeding is done on embankments of sports fields, or manual seeding can be used with a precision seeder.

Your New Lawn

Selecting | Measuring | Preparing | Laying | Maintenance