Top 5 tips for installing or replacing your lawn
A fresh, green patch of lawn around your home is an attractive feature for owners and passers-by, which increases your property value, and curb appeal at the same time. It’s every Australian’s birthright to have a beautiful lawn in their back or front yard for both children and pets to play in, hosting barbecues, playing games of backyard cricket and more. “Lawn is a much cheaper option than other surface coverings, in most cases, and choosing the right type of lawn is important to get the best return on your investment”, says Joe Rogers, Technical Manger at Lawns Solutions Australia. When it comes to installing or replacing the lawn around your home, there are five top tips to follow to ensure you have a healthy looking lawn all year round.
- Cheaper isn’t better
As many of us know, the cheaper options in life don’t always produce the most desired results and this definitely applies to lawn. Get advice from your local turfgrower about the best options for your home. “There are a number of different types of turf to choose from and each has different qualities when it comes to shade, wear and drought tolerance,” say Rogers. These are all key factors to consider when choosing the best turf for your home. Making the correct choice is important and can amount to only a few dollars differences in price.
- Call the experts
It’s always best to consult an expert before you begin. Reach out to a few contractors to provide you with a quote for how much your turf installation will cost, as well as removing old lawn if needed. As a guide, you should look at costs around $30 per square metre, for straightforward remove and replace job. Other surface options like pavers or synthetic turf would cost around $100 per square metre in comparison.
- Dial before you dig
If you’re tackling a turf job by yourself, it’s important to locate any phone, electrical, sewer, water, gas or irrigation lines and fittings that you could possibly disturb with your works before you begin. It’s best to avoid damaging any covered pipes, as these can be costly to fix and replace.
- Get your basics right
Before laying your lawn it’s important to get the basics right. Look at the levels and falls in the space and identify any drainage issues and trees or shrubs you may wish to thin out, remove or replace. “It helps to get expert advice to know exactly what to look for and if needed, getting machinery in can help remedy any of these issues,” says Rogers.
- Make it level
Next, you need to consider what garden beds and edging you want and of course, ensure you have healthy soil to help your grass to grow. Check your topsoil is level with all garden beds and paths, then lightly roll and leave enough depth for your turf to lay flush with these fixtures. Organise with your turfgrower for your delivery and installation to take place once you’ve got an adequate water supply for lawn establishment. This should be enough for daily watering for four to six weeks.
Once your new lawn has been laid, it’s time to sit back and watch the grass grow. Lawncare doesn’t need to be difficult and simple hints from reputed lawn specialists can help with tips, advice and products to keep your lawn in top condition all year round.
Joe Rogers is the Technical Manager for Lawn Solutions Australia, who provide homeowners, renovators and flippers with turf and turf-care products to add value to their outdoor experience. Click here for more information and lawn care tips from Lawn Solutions Australia.