Six Easy Steps On How to Plant Shredded Turf
Remove weeds and other debris.
Blend old chicken manure, peat or compost into poor soil types to a depth of 6 inches. Grade the area to the desired contours leaving the surface smooth and slightly below pavers and boarders. A loose dry soil will make planting easier. Soil water repellency may be overcome with the use of Wetta Soil.
Spread the shredded runners evenly over the soil surface at a rate of one ten litre bucketful to six square metres. Work in manageable areas of not more than 18 square metres at a time so as to avoid exposed runners drying out.
Roll the runners into the soil with disc roller making sure that all runners are buried. Planting will be made easier by a push slewing action of the disc roller followed by pulling the roller back and forth over the tiled area.
Thoroughly water each section immediately after planting as runners will quickly die if left in dry hot soil. Thereafter, planted areas will require irrigation 3 – 5 minutes several times daily to insure rapid root development and early growth.
Encourage rapid growth by smooth rolling the planted area leaving a compact, even surface assuring close contact of runners with the soil.
Apply Lawn Starter Fertiliser at a rate of 100gms per square metre (approximately 1/2 cup full) one week after planting. Re-apply Starter Fertiliser at 50gms per square metre every 3 – 4 weeks until lawn has covered. Then refer to lawn maintenance article.