Soil Preparation

Clearing & Preparation of area to be turfed

Apply a Glyphosate based weed killer (round-up or other similar substance) to all areas of ground to be turfed. Greenway turf recommends to wait 10-14 days after substance has been sprayed before any earthworks take place. A Glyphosate based substance is available from any Bunnings store or your local nursery. Glyphosate can be applied via back pack.

Soil excavation

Keep in mind drainage while excavation is taking place. There has to be some where for the water to go otherwise could result in water ‘sitting’ in one spot and could take longer to dry out. Excavation is needed when ground levels next to pathways, driveways, etc, are too high. These areas should be lowered 150-200mm to allow for the turf to grow and so it doesn’t result in overtaking of pathways, driveways etc. If area is too large bobcat services are available through Greenway Turf.

Soil condition

Assessing of soil is next. It is considered poor if it is compacted or has high clay content. In this case topsoil is required and we recommend an 80% coarse and 20% sand mix to rectify this problem. Topsoil is available from your local nursery or we can organise it for you. To know how much quantity you need, give your supplier the area and depth of your job. If area is clayey apply some gypsum at a rate of approx, 1 kg per m2. Spreading of soil can be done using a metal rake, to a depth of 100-150mm. It is also a good idea to spread a starter fertiliser on top of soil prior to laying to ensure maximum root penetration.

Rotary Hoe or Cultivation

If area to be turfed has no clay or soil is not compacted topsoil is not needed. All you need to do is loosen the soil by hand or if area is too large a rotary hoe can be hired from a local hire shop to get the soil nice and fine. Rotary hoeing or hand cultivation should be worked to a depth of 100-150mm.