By Todd Layt
Before You Begin Your Buffalo Turf Installation, Read The Instructions Below Very Carefully…
- Remove all building waste & weeds (only if needed).
- Spread a free draining soil to a depth of 7-15cm (roots can penetrate much deeper) or better still loosen ground and mix in appropriate soil conditioners. Some Gypsum may be needed as well if the soil is of a clay type. Phone a soil supplier for more advice on this option. For sandy soils, simply mix in organic material and rotary hoe. This will ensure far less water is required when the lawn is established.
- Level the surface using a screeding board, lawn leveller, rack or similar device.
Apply a low analysis fertilizer with an N:P:K of approximately 5:6:5 or lawn starter fertilizer to the surface and incorporate with a rake. You can bypass this stage if you apply a slow release fertiliser after the lawn has rooted out. In hot months, moisten the soil but do not make the soil too wet that you can not walk on it. Do not lay the buffalo grass on hot, dry soil unless you lay a small area, hand water it then lay another area and repeat. Lay the buffalo grass as soon as possible after delivery. On hot days, lay a section of the buffalo grass and lightly water. Repeat until all turf is laid. On cool days, the buffalo grass can be laid all at once. Roll and water thoroughly within one hour of laying turf. Water thoroughly for 7-10 days so turf is kept moist, or until the buffalo lawn is established; take care that the water is saturating the soil beneath the turf. In colder months, the buffalo lawn will take longer to establish. The turf should not dry out until roots are established. When the soil has firmed and the Buffalo Grass has rooted down, usually 1 to 1/2 to 3 weeks after laying (longer during winter), mow lightly to tidy up your new buffalo lawn.