Make sure you follow the laws of laying lawn.
A grassed area isn't just a great place for kids to play, it's also a fantastic way to tie all the components of your garden together.
A healthy lawn, no matter how big or small, can really breathe life into an outdoor area. So if you have tired or patchy grass, new turf will really liven up your yard.
Here are the the most important things to remeber when laying a new lawn.
Timing is everything
My first tip is to have the turf delivered on the same day you plan to install it. If it’s going to be a hot day, try to get an early start, to prevent your turf from drying out.
Not all turf is created equal
Australia has lots of different turf varities available. Pick one that's best suited to your climate and soil type. Some grasses handle drought and frost better than others, and there are even varities that perform well in the shade.
Plan before you start
To prepare your ground before laying turf, have a good, even underlay of healthy soil and fertilizer. This will help the turf establish strong roots.
When laying the turf, start from one of the corners, doing the perimeter first. Then work your way in. Stagger your rows like brickwork, to prevent the ends from lining up.
And butt the turf close together to avoid gaps. This will help prevent dry patches in the future. If you have any off-cuts, hold onto them because you may have gaps to fill later on.
Water, water, water
When you've finished laying the turf, you'll need to give it a good soak. Keep up the watering at least every day for the first couple weeks. This is to help get your grass established and is especially critical if the weather is hot.