Ready Lawn

We understand what it takes to grow and maintain a great lawn. With so many options to choose from these days, it can be difficult to decide on the best solution for your garden. Despite which product you choose, careful preparation, installation and care are critical to achieving a healthy lawn.

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Understanding Instant Lawn Products:

The term ‘ready lawn’ has come to mean many things over the years, but in essence, it is an effective solution for supplying a semi-established lawn to a new garden or outdoor area. 

Ready lawn, or turf as it is also known, is grown offsite and harvested once the grass reaches a certain level of maturity. Sold in sods or rolls, turf arrives at the consumer, ready to be rolled out onto a carefully prepared base.

Roll out lawn requires a period of time to establish itself in its new environment. At the time of harvest, the lawn's root system is disturbed. Once freshly laid, it will begin the work of establishing a new root system. During this time, careful and monitored watering is essential, and mowing is to be avoided until your grass blades are at least 30mm in length.

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing the Right Grass:

Your location, the soil composition of your garden, and the climate will determine the type of grass you choose to grow on your lawn.

Fine Fescue:

  • A fine-blade grass that suits most climates
  • Is quick to establish
  • Good for shady areas
  • Can handle close or short mowing

Tall Fescue:

  • A medium-blade grass that can withstand drought and heat
  • Medium-dark leaf with a deep and strong root system
  • Do not mow below 40mm

Kikuyu:

  • Great for coastal properties and sandy soils

Couch:

  • A deep-rooting grass that requires little watering during the summer months
  • May turn a yellowish-brown during the winter months or as a result of frost exposure

 

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“Autumn and Spring provide the optimum laying conditions for ready lawn and turf lawn products.”

Scott Mackay – On the Tools Director, Folium Landscaping
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Preparing for Your Turf or Ready Lawn:

Like any good gardening project, a detailed preparation process is crucial. Laying a new lawn is no exception. 

A well-prepared base layer will ensure that your roll-out lawn will 'take' well and begin establishing itself not long after it is laid. Ready lawn products dry out quickly. Your site must be prepared ahead of time so that you may lay the turf as soon as it arrives at the site.

To prepare for your new lawn:

  • Remove old grass, weeds, stone, debris
  • Using premium lawn soil, turn or cultivate the soil bed 
  • Ensure a soil depth of 100mm as a ready base
  • Compact base with a light roller or by foot, remembering to leave a 15mm buffer below garden edges or pathways
  • Fertilise your base with a premium lawn fertiliser

 

Note: Ready lawn products vary in their requirements. The tips above are a general guide only.

Installing Your Turf or Ready Lawn:

Sods of ready lawn, once harvested, will dry out quickly, particularly during the warmer months. We recommend storing sods in a shaded area under a moist soil cloth until they are required.

To install your new lawn:

  • Begin with the edges, or the longest, straightest areas - i.e. along a driveway or garden bed
  • Pack each strip, or sod, tightly up against each other. You want to avoid gaps or exposed soil.
  • Line sods in a brick-like formation, packing them in firmly to ensure a good connection with the soil bed below
  • Trim edges, corners or overhang with a sharp knife
  • If laying on a sloped property or area, lay turf from the bottom of the slope and work your way up
  • Cover newly laid areas with a narrow board; this will allow you to walk/kneel on it without causing any early damage
  • Once laid, tamp the seams and edges to help bed the lawn into the soil
  • Water your new lawn within the first half-hour - 20-30mm is adequate
  • And finally, roll your turf; this will further support the process of it connecting with the soil and will remove any air pockets

 

Note: Ready lawn products vary in their requirements. The tips above are a general guide only.

 

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Your turf provider will have a set of guidelines that relate specifically to the needs of their product. Following these guidelines will set both you and your lawn up for success.

Jared Bellingham – On the Tools Director, Folium Landscaping
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Caring for Your New Lawn:

  • Regular and measured watering is essential to the early success of your ready lawn.
  • Do not mow in the first few weeks or until the grass is at least 300mm in length.
  • Your turf provider will have a set of guidelines that relate specifically to the needs of their product. Following these guidelines will set both you and your lawn up for success.

When is the Best Time to Lay a New Lawn?

Ready lawn can be laid year-round, but Autumn and Spring provide the optimum conditions. 

During the autumn and spring months, the soil is moist without being too wet, and in general, conditions are more favourable for harvesting, transporting, laying and handling the sods.

You risk frost conditions during the winter months, while the summer months can often be too dry. In both instances, you and your grass will be battling the elements.

 

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Go Eco with a Woolgro Lawn:

Woolgro is one of New Zealand's premium lawn products. To be honest, we encourage all of our clients to go with this choice!

Woolgro lawn mats are an all-natural and eco-friendly product made from sheep's wool. The mats are nutrient-rich, biodegradable and ingrained with some of N.Z's best grass seeds.

Woolgro can be laid during winter as the seeds are protected from the colder temperatures by the wool, and the high moisture retention means your lawn requires less irrigation.

The Benefits of Choosing Woolgro:

  • Even germination
  • Weed suppression
  • Superior root structure
  • Natural slow-release fertilisers
  • Seed insulation and moisture retention
  • Because the grass seed is embedded in the mat, it is protected from birds, rain, wind and runoff

Woolgro is an eco-friendly alternative to many other lawn growing options on the market today.

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“Woolgro is a premium, all-natural, biodegradable lawn product that ticks all the boxes. Their installation and after-care service are on point.”

Scott Mackay – On the Tools Director, Folium Landscaping

Why We Recommend Woolgro Lawn Mats:

  • Easy installation
  • Even seed coverage results in an even and lush lawn
  • Less seed loss - seeds are locked into the lawn mat meaning you won't lose seeds to water runoff, wind or birds.
  • Weed suppression - the Woolgro mats act as a weed suppressant just like conventional weed mat
  • Long-lasting nutrients - the mats offer a perfect blend of nutrients to encourage strong grass growth.
  • They are a natural and biodegradable option
  • Year-round installation
  • Woolgro is New Zealand made product

Specialists in New Lawns:

We understand what it takes to grow and maintain a great lawn. With so many options to choose from these days, it can be difficult to decide on the best solution for your garden. Despite which product you choose, careful preparation, installation and care are critical to achieving a healthy lawn.

With many companies offering premium lawn products, you're spoilt for choice. We can help guide you on what will work best in your outdoor space.

 

 

scott from folium landscaping

“With many companies offering premium lawn products, you're spoilt for choice. We can help guide you on what will work best in your outdoor space.”

Scott Mackay – On the Tools Director, Folium Landscaping
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Ready Lawn Tip:

  • Ready lawn products dry out quickly. Your site must be prepared ahead of time so that you may lay the turf as soon as it arrives at the site.
  • Store sods in a shaded area under a moist soil cloth until they are required.

 

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Ready lawn products dry out quickly. Your site must be prepared ahead of time so that you may lay the turf as soon as it arrives at the site.

Jared Bellingham – On the Tools Director, Folium Landscaping

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