Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

It is best to spray and kill off your old turf or any weeds before you lay your new turf. You don’t want your old turf growing back up through. Mix up some RoundUp or Glyphosphate and Urea (if you can get it) together and spray your old lawn (avoid any other plants). Depending on the weather and your mix, your old turf should start to yellow off between 7-10 days. We recommend a 2nd spray if needed to make sure the plant has taken up all the chemical. You then can remove the old turf, either by hand, bobcat or if the area was very sparse by mixing it into the area to break down.

From recent studies done at UWA, research has shown that the yellow/loam base soils are the best at holding moisture and nutrient. Most soil yards now do a “Lawn Mix”, which consists of a loam and red soil, with chicken manure mixed together. If you are on the coastal strip, mixing some peat into the area as well will help with the alkalinity. Mix it through your existing soil, to approx 150mm + deep. DON’T leave it as a layer on top.

A sharp serrated knife is the easiest to cut the turf along the edges and around your sprinklers. You can also you hedge clippers, secateurs, or a small saw.

There is no need to compact the area before laying, unless you have brought in over 100mm of new soil, as a compacted area inhibits root development. Water the surface until it is firm, so that when you walk you leave a light imprint in the soil. If you sink down, then you can lightly run the compactor over the top. Once your lawn has been laid, then a light compact over the top is recommended. This will level out any discrepancies in the turf making sure that the roots are in contact with the soil, minimising scalping when you come to do your first mow.

Fertilising is important throughout the whole year. Once you have laid your lawn on organic fertiliser, you can use this again if you have any left after 2-3 weeks. Once established it is best to use a chemical slow release fertiliser. Our Premium Slow Release should be used lightly every 8-10weeks throughout the year.

However, during the cooler months, it is more advisable to foliar feed the lawn with a liquid fertiliser such as FEX. The plant will take this through its leaf structure very quickly feeding and greening the plant.

*NEW & IMPROVED* Premium Blend Slow Release Fertiliser

Premium Blend Slow Release Fertiliser. 76% Slow Release- Ideal for any turf variety: 4kg(200m2)=$24, 10kg(500m2)=$42, 20kg bag(1000m2)=$72, 30kg bag(1500m2)=$105. We encourage you bring your bucket back for refilling so you can RECYCLE & SAVE. Click SHOP to order your products.

*NEW & IMPROVED* IRONMAN Foliar Fertiliser

Foliar Liquid Fertiliser- Enhances turf colour and aids in iron and manganese deficiencies 2.5L $35~500m2. 5L- $66 – (Use your own click on bottle). The perfect combination for turf colour and performance when used with our Premium Slow Release Fertiliser. Click SHOP to order your products.

Most weeds that can be sprayed out are generally classified into ‘broadleaf weeds’ or ‘grass weeds’. The most common broadleaf weeds can be easily sprayed out. When spraying on a soft leaf buffalo, you have to be aware of what chemicals are safe to use, without killing off your grass. Chemicals containing MCPA and Bromoxynil are safe to use on couch and buffalo. Avoid using Dicamba on the buffalo.

Wintergrass is the most common of the grass weed species that most people have trouble with. Using a pre-emergent during April to help stop them coming up in Winter. You can also spray when they start to appear.

Bin-Die Killer

Safe to use on Buffalo for broadleaf weeds $17.50-approx 400m2 Click on Hose also available- $15- 200m2 Click SHOP to order your products.

Wintergrass Killer

Wintergrass Killer $18- approx 600m2. Best applied in Autumn to Spring. Click SHOP to order your products.

Unlike a couch that can be easily verti-mowed to remove any thatch build up, buffalos’ can be easily destroyed by a verti- mower unless done by a professional. The best piece of equipment to use is a rotary mower. If you lower the mower a notch at a time, and remove the cuttings, you can easily take your buffalo quite low to the surface. The best time to do this is in Spring, and then give a light topdress and a good feed, and let your buffalo re shoot. This is best done every year or every 2nd year to keep your buffalo firm and minimise thatch build up.

Current water restrictions are in place all year around. The Water Corporation provide water exemptions when you are laying your new lawn depending on the season. Check the Water Corporation site for the current watering schedule, or contact us and we will let you know.

It depends on your levels, but if you can bring 20-25mm over the area and mix through, that is a good base to start on. Your finished level below the top of your paver, before you lay your new turf should be approx 30-40mm for the couch varieties, and 40-50mm for the buffalo varieties. This will allow your grass to sit below the top of your pavers and have room to thicken up.

Once you have prepped your new area and levelled off, we recommend you apply some starter fertiliser. Organic 2000 Turf Start, is an organic pelletised chicken manure. This is perfect to throw over the top of your area, ready for your new turf. You can do this at the same time you lay your new turf.

Turf Start

Pelletised organic chicken
manure to go underneath
newly laid turf 25kg
12kg (80m2)-$19,
7kg (50m2)-$16

Mowing your new lawn can commence once the turf has begun to establish. In summer within 10 days – 2 weeks, whilst in the cooler months in can take over 3 weeks. However it is important not to let it get too long, as it may stress the grass if you remove too much in one cut. A general rule is to never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf when you mow.

Turf browning off in the summer months is more likely due to lack of water, or poor water retention in your soil, rather than black beetle or other insect activity. The first sign of water stress is the leaf will start to curl up, go a silver/grey colour then brown off. Firstly, make sure you are applying enough water to the area. Put out some catch cups, and time how long it takes to fill the cups to get a minimum of 10ml. Ensure all the sprinkler nozzles are free from any blockages and are covering the area evenly.
The easiest way to check if it is a water issue is to dig down approx 10cm deep and see what the soil is like a day or two after you have watered. If it is dry, then you will need to apply “good” wetting agent and water retainer to the area to make help your turf cope through the warmer months. The Turf Growers Association recommends applying AQUAFORCE and BIAGRA to help your turf and plants survive the summer months.

Aqua Force

Premium Wetting Agent $25-200m2 Click SHOP to order your products.


Premium Water retainer-best used in conjunction with Aqua Force or on its own. 2L:$33 ~150m2. Click SHOP to order your products. Combo pack with the Aqua Force- $50(2L)

As a general rule, you shouldn’t need to top dress your lawn. You can apply a fine layer if you are finding that it is lumpy when you are mowing, or if you have renovated your lawn. This will encourage new growth. A lawn mix or yellow sand is best on top, making sure that you can still see a bit of leaf /plant structure coming through. If you apply it too thick, the turf may be smothered and start to rot underneath especially in winter.

Even the healthiest lawn can attract a few pests. The most common 2 that can do a bit of damage on the surface is the Army worm and the Sod Web Worm. They eat the top of the leaf, and like any caterpillar will pupate into a moth, which you can see flying around. These can be easily sprayed out or left to run their course. The grass will recover pretty easily from this.

Complete Insect Control

Complete Hose-on liquid
insecticide $26-150m2
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 Aqua Force Wetting Agent will treat 200m2.  Apply required amount to cover your area.  Use your reticulation to water in well- Apply 15mm of water.  Use catch cups provided.

 1 week after applying Aqua Force, apply BI-AGRA– repeat the same process as above.   

     BI-AGRA will treat 150m2.

** Both should be used at least twice during the summer months. 

      Best used on your watering days to avoid a fine.

 Premium Slow Release granular fertiliser- 2kg/100m2 every 8-10 weeks.  This is your new maintenance fertilising regime.   Apply to a dry a dry lawn. Sweep off any over throw on pavers etc- as it can stain. Water in on your watering day.  10mm is your standard watering volume. Use a Handy Pro Spreader for a more even coverage.

** Apply August- end of May.   

 Ironman- 2.5L Click on- will treat up to 500m2.  Apply evenly over the area, overlap if necessary.  Leave it to dry on the leaf for at least 3-4 hrs. 

       AVOID pavers/limestone as staining will occur.

** Can be used all year round.

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