[remember Paul Munns Instant Lawn will deliver FREE  all orders over 30m2 in the Adelaide Metro area] 

STEP 1:     Measuring Site and Ordering Turf

Measure the marked out lawn area to find out how many square metres of lawn you will need to buy.

If you need advice on how to measure just contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you. Order and pay by 11am for next day delivery, Tuesday to Saturday.

STEP 2:     Preparing the Site

The first thing to do when preparing to lay an instant turf is to make sure there are no grass or weeds growing on the site. To remove any weeds and grass, mark out where the instant turf will go, then spray the area with a glyphossate base chemical (like roundup or no-grow etc). Leave the area for 1 week, then remove all dead grass and weeds.

STEP 3:     Preparing The Soil

Before you lay out instant turf, you’ll need to prepare your soil. The best top soil for your new lawn is sandy loam. To achieve the perfect soil base, you need to know what type of soil you have to start wit

  • If you have sandy loam already, all you need do is turn it over and level it.
  •       Sandy soils will require garden/organic loam to be mixed with it for a new lawn.
  •           If you have a poor, heavy or clay soil, you need to remove the top layer to allow for the sandy loam. After removing the top layer, rotary hoe in 1kg/m² of gypsum before applying the sandy loam. The ideal depth of sandy loam top soil is between 50 and 100 mm.

If you are unsure of your soil type, bring a sample to us for a free appraisal. We will tailor a soil preparation guide for you. After the top soil has been spread, roughly level it with a rake.  Finish the surface off with a soil screed. Screeds can be hired from your local hire shop.

When preparing the soil, remember to keep the level of soil 25mm below your edges to allow for the thickness of the turf when you lay it. This way the turf will come up level with the borders.

STEP 4:     Installing An Irrigation System

If you have decided to use an irrigation system, this should be installed before adding loam and putting the turf down. Irrigation systems are the most water-efficient and time-convenient way of keeping your lawn green, especially during times of drought and water restrictions, so they are definitely worth considering. Paul Munns Instant Lawn stock the complete range of irrigation systems and can help you find the right one for your lawn, as well as install it for you, or give you all the help you need do it yourself. 

As there are a range of irrigation systems to choose from, and each one requires different installation, we haven't included instructions here. However, talk to us and we'll give you the advice you need.

STEP 5:     Getting Ready To Lay The Turf

On delivery of the turf, remove the plastic, give it a light water and begin rolling it out as soon as possible. Note that grass in a rolled up state will deteriorate quickly. It must be rolled out on the same day as delivery otherwise it can discolour and even die. 

Apply Paul Munns Instant Lawn Starter Fertiliser. This can be delivered with your turf delivery.  You can apply it on the soil first before laying the turf or after you have rolled it out. Starter fertiliser helps your lawn establish faster and hold better colour meaning less stress for you and the lawn! 

STEP 6:     Laying the Turf

When you begin laying the turf, butt the rolls closely together and cut it to fit using secateurs or a serrated edged knife. There should be no gaps between the rolls once you have finished. There is no particular pattern to follow when laying turf – we’d suggest laying it the way that requires the least amount of cutting in.  Top dressing the turf after installation generally isn’t required except in the case of Kings Pride Buffalo. If you’re laying buffalo, you’ll notice that there isn’t a lot of soil around the root zone of the rolls. This is perfectly normal but it does mean a light layer of topdressing is required after laying. When determining how much topdressing to put on, a good rule of thumb is to spread a generous layer the loam out over the top of the buffalo, then using the blade of the shovel, scrape it off again. Whatever is left behind is enough. Once you have watered the top dressing through, you should not be able to see any on the surface of the lawn.   

STEP 7:     Looking After Your Turf For The First Month

 How you look after your turf in the first month after laying is very important. The most critical thing is to make sure it doesn’t dry out. How often you water it will depend on the day time temperature.   

 As a guide, if you’re laying your turf in the warmer months of the year, you would need to water your turf at least 3 times per day at regular intervals. The cooler it gets, the less frequently you need to water it but always remember, never let it dry out for the first 4 weeks!

 TIP: an indicator that you are not watering frequently enough is when you start to notice the joins drying out. You’ll start to see a checkerboard type effect. If this happens, introduce another watering cycle into your schedule for a short time.

 If any areas go blue/grey or become discoloured, water these grass areas as required with a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering can, in addition to the watering regime already suggested. 

STEP 8:     Fertilising 

Between 2 and 3 months after installing a new lawn, a regular fertilising program must begin. This correct fertiliser program will help achieve the following benefits:

  • Less water use
  • Greater environmental hardiness
  • Deeper grass colour
  • Greater resistance to pests and diseases

 We recommend the following:

SPRING - Paul Munns Green Keeper Lawn Fertiliser with trace elements

SUMMER - Paul Munns Organic Lawn Food

AUTUMN - Paul Munns Emerald Green Lawn Fertiliser